As a creative individual, I believe in the power of my imagination to consider what could be, which in turn propels me towards solutions. However, what happens when I fail to engage my theories and instead flounder in a sea of mediocrity and complacency? I slowly lose the ability to imagine, act, and relate to others.
Instead of imagining something new, I attack the tools of imagination. I demonize technology. I hold tight to the comforting slogans which protect my ignorance. I grow around the belly and my mind shrinks.
I shut myself off from the concerns of others. I toil in my selfishness. I continue building my borders, the modern-day Emperor’s clothes, not knowing that everyone sees me for what I am: a hypocrite. Naked and ashamed.
As L. Dee Fink writes in Creating Significant Learning Experiences: “for learning to occur, there has to be some kind of change in the learner. No change, no learner.”
I would add: No imagination, no change, no learner.
Acting upon our imagination has a tremendous ability to change not only our individual lives, but society as a whole. However, it takes a desire to move into uncharted waters.
To imagine new ways of navigating the complex waves of humanity.
To imagine new ideals and standards.