Imagination is the most exciting faculty we have.
Real Imagination is fascinated by what is good, and is aware of evil but not obsessed by it.
Imagination is not bored by what is lovely, harmonious, peaceful,
loving - because it can discern the loveliness and satisfaction in
all these things.
Hell is boredom - the medievals believed that the devil's greatest problem was boredom. Heaven is inexhaustible, uncloying delight.
Imagination loves life, and is aware of death but not obsessed by it.
Hundreds of thousands of artists and writers in the world today depict the world as it is, and as it could be - but not as it might be.
There is no end to the horrors and absurdities, cruelties and follies
of the world for art and print to mirror to the public -
but there are enough muckrakers already, as in Bunyan's parable, who
cannot see the visionary crown they are being offered because of
their preoccupations and their fears of proving kitsch,
Instead of crime fiction and cruelty-thrillers, there can be skilled fiction writing and film about struggles to reform, innovate, and save. Instead of Mills & Boon there can be stories of how true love grows. Instead of blockbuster destruction, there can be dramatic and spectacular stories of creation and construction, and the patience needed.
Biography and autobiography can be more a stimulus to imagination than many novels spun from an author's own limited experience and imagination, with an imposed form or lack of form.
Instead of creating dystopias, which then come to pass, as is indeed happening even now, writers and artists can depict new utopias and how they can be built - and then there is more chance that they can come to pass instead.
The light of art need not lead us to destruction.
To show evil is not to implant the love of the good - but rather to create a taste for evil, as 'appetite grows by what it feeds upon'.
And what of readers and
viewers, whose tastes have now become too crude to love
Again imagination is needed to turn tastes again - before it is too late and our lack of imagination has destroyed the world, through blindness to the consequences of what we do.
Imagination realises connections
- so that we do not live like splitophrenics, our very
selves split into dissonant components - without integrity, which
means that a person has 'put it all together'.
They do not spend hundreds of thousands to save one baby without matching it by spending the same amount to save thousands of babies.
They do not reduce mortality without also providing the means to prevent a consequent overpopulation and its consequent sufferings.
Imagination is the eye and the voice of the prophet.
Let us then be entertained by the reality we would like to live in.