The Power of Imagination
In a time of such division. A time where people across the world are scared of terrorists. A time where people don’t trust and fear their leaders. A time when we seem to be moving apart from one another instead of moving closer to each other. A time where fear is perceived to be more prevalent than love.
There is hope.
We as a people go through waves and there are always troughs as much as there are peaks. You can see it in the way the cultural perspective has shifted.
The popular things now are reality TV, minimalistic music based around repetitive beats and repetitive lyrics, poorly written books meant to shock or entice.
We have weaved ourselves into a trough of apathy and complacency, where we let others tell us what to do or think and our entertainment is not there to entertain, but to anesthetize.
But out of the malaise comes art of quality.
Small at first. A book here. A movie there. A song. A painting. A TV show.
Something that comes along that makes us think again. That makes us wonder. That makes us hope.
They come from the strangest places. Disney’s Wall-E. Bad Robot’s Star Trek. Netflix’s Stranger Things.
You might be thinking what does this have to do with where the country is? What does this have do with us as a people?
It’s about the power of Imagination (with a big I). We as a species have separate processing systems in our brain. One processes logic and the other processes creativity. The creative part of your brain controls your emotions. It follows that when you feel fear or hopelessness you have an absence of creativity.
The more imagination we develop, the more we will be able to process, the less we’ll fear; the more we will hope and dream.
Art leads the world. Star Trek had one of the first interracial couples (and many of the first inter species couples). Star Wars ended the gritty anti hero hate that was brewed during the Cold War.
We went through such a boon in the 90’s that we couldn’t help but slip back. The Cold War came to and end, Apartheid ended, the global economy was growing more than ever in history.
So we relaxed. We let our imaginations grow cobwebs. But the more you see unique new shows. The more unique new art you see. The more intricate the lyrics of the music you listen too. The better the writing of the books you read…
Know that the more and more good or great art you see and intake, the more and more the culture is shifting. Our hope comes from our imagination, so lets be more childlike. Lets go on adventures. Lets fight more dragons. Lets have more tea parties. Lets Imagine.
This entry was posted on May 24, 2020 by seanmmcbride. It was filed under Blog, Essay, poetry, Uncategorized and was tagged with #author, #blog, #essay, #fantasy, #imagination, #movies, #posivitvity, #startrek, #strangerthings, #television, #tv, #writer.
You are so right we need to think outside the box and imagine and wonder.
May 31, 2020 at 8:58 am
I feel that much of the current sources of entertainment (literature, film, music, etc.) are concerned mostly about trying to replicate what worked before. The problem is that in this business, you can’t copy a previous success and have the same positive reaction. Good storytelling takes risks, and that is what makes certain works stand the test of time. Like you said about Imagination, it’s that very trait what makes a man immortal.
June 28, 2021 at 9:21 am
Very well said. I’m really hopeful that over the past year, the artists “in charge” of making things in popular culture had the time to sit with their ideas during quarantine. Sit and stew and ruminate and create. I really hope that we see some amazing new ideas come by the end of this year and the beginning of next.
June 28, 2021 at 9:41 am