Why FANTASY is an important part of REALITY (1st of 3), © Ruth Elliott, 2012
Why FANTASY is an important part of REALITY, © Ruth Elliott, 2012
FANTASY is an important part of REALITY in 3 WAYS:
1-It connects us with our imagination. When we fantasize we go into a different part of our brain, one that pictures things that are not in our immediate environment. Animals are so connected to their immediate surroundings that they are limited in their ability for higher thought. That’s what separates us from the animal kingdom. The reason Einstein said that imagination was more important than knowledge is simple: we can never go beyond what we already ‘know’ without going into our ‘imagination’, or another realm where we have not been before.
2-The second reason Fantasy is an important part of reality is that it gets us away from the humdrum day to day existence – away from the drab and boring things that drag us down. I’ve heard people say, “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good!” but the reverse is usually the case with people. They are so ‘earthly’ bound that they never get off the ground, somewhat like animals.
The true test of our faculties comes when we can meld the two: Having our head held up in higher thought while keeping our feet firmly on the ground. It’s a balancing act for sure.