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Monday, August 30, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 8 – Imagination

Imagination is the process of dreaming of the far reaches and to the point that things that you imagine don’t appear to have any relation or possibility for becoming real. From Princeton’s WordNet, they define imagination as “the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses.” The thing with imaginations is that they add meaning to life because imagining things is a form of escapism that keeps us striving for those moments that let us get out of the supposed dull drums of life. I personally love imagination because it spurs innovation and creativity because it makes you think about potentially abstract subjects and it gives you a new perspective on life that you wouldn’t have otherwise. One of the main things about imagination is that it keeps us out of reality and sometimes augments it as well. This is because we are preoccupied with our consciousness being direction in new directions that is directed towards the here and now. The thing is that we have to be grounded in reality at least some of the time or else we wouldn’t be able to improve our collective beings. We need to apply our imaginations to the real world in order to achieve the most favorable outcome. Everyone needs a healthy balance of both imagining and living in the present in order to successfully live life to the fullest and be the best person you can. Check out more at!

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