Wednesday, April 10, 2013

UBC 10 - AtoZ - Imagination


Day 10  of the Ultimate Blogging Challenge and the letter I  for the  AtoZ Blogging Challenge


 Imagination is more important than knowledge  ~ Albert Einstein


Do you think Einstein was right?

Here are my thoughts on that.

The greatest inventions over the centuries were the culmination of dreams and fantasies that visionaries dared to convert into reality. And once real, that became knowledge.

Though knowledge facilitates improvement, it is imagination that creates.

Knowledge stays within the boundaries of what we know, imagination takes you beyond the limits of the mind.

Knowledge gives you the ability to experience what is known, imagination allows you to experience anything you can dream of and desire.

Knowledge is inspiring but imagination is exciting and daring.

Knowledge is the amalgamation of thoughts and experiences of many, imagination is yours and yours alone.

When I was young I had imagined a time when I would write. I loved to write but my teacher told me I wasn't good at it and the marks he gave me reflected his observation of my writing.

 But my dream of writing never left my mind. Then the internet opened up and provided the perfect medium for my creative desires. Perhaps this (the internet) was the culmination of collective consciousness of the dreamers who imagined a time when they could write and share their dreams when so many told them that would never occur. Something to ponder over.

This song always come to mind whenever I think of imagination. John Lennon imagined a world that was peaceful and captured his dream in his song "Imagine".

Some of the words in this song are a little controversial and I mulled over whether to post it or not. And then about 2 seconds ago, someone posted a pic of John Lennon via "Knowledge is power" on Facebook. How coincidental that my post is also on imagination and knowledge (or is it????).

But that confirmed for me to post it, so here it is ...



Today I am grateful for all the visionaries (great and small) who dared to dream and had the courage and perseverance to make their dream a reality. 

I'm also grateful that my imagination runs wild at times and I hope yours does too.

Warm Regards
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65 comments:

  1. i always think we have always learnt that 1 + 1 was two .. but what if someone had twisted it all around !??

    lol ! I know I m no where near the league of those extraordinary gentlemen ! :P

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    1. Oh lol Dhiren - a good thought - who made that mathematical rule?

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  2. Oh Suzy, I love that song. And every time I open your blog, I start humming, "Somewhere, over the rainbow". Instant good mood!

    Imagination is important. Imagine if Einstein and all those people gave up too soon! Then where would we be?

    Hugs! And you have a lovely day!

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    1. Thanks Vidya. Yes imagine no electricity, no internet, no mobiles!

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  3. Without imagination , this world would be a boring place , we will call "Apple" an "Apple" and orange an "orange" ...thank God for imagination , we now associate them with the color of dreams or a rainbow perhaps :)

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    1. So true Sridevi. Thank God for imagination that colours our world.

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  4. Thanks for "John Lennon" - awesome post! Incidentally, the Einstein quote adorns the cover of my FB blog page:-))

    Cheers
    Laxmi

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    1. Thanks Laxmi. Just checked your FB page and liked it.

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  5. The man who has no imagination has no wings!! Imagination is all that we need to fly to far off places... Good take on the prompt, Suzy :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa and I love your words.

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  6. I highly believe in Einsteins quote . I had it as my cover pic in FB for many days..
    Internet for sure is a miracle for all of us :) Am glad u found it and am glad I found u!!
    Keep writing !

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    1. Thanks Afshan. I'm glad I found you all too.

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  7. Very true. Sometime I feel jealous with kids who has so many imaginations. Our practical approach has kind of ruined us.

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    1. You are so right Ekta. Even our academics don't allow for creative minds to flourish.

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  8. Great post, Suzy. Imagination has inspired all my novels.

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    1. Thanks Paula. And I'm glad it has.

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  9. A very thought provoking, and inspiring post ! loved the video, thanks for sharing !

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    1. Thanks Angela. Glad you liked it.

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    1. I'm glad I posted it then Meena :)

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  11. I guess the world would be so very boring without the wonderful gift of imagination we all have! Sadly the video, doesn't open here. :(

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    1. And thank goodness we have it Corinne. Have changed the video. Hope this one works.

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  12. loved the way you differentiated between knowledge and imagination. Imagination is one of my favourite songs too.

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    1. Thanks Diana. Glad you liked it.

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  13. Imagination was my chosen topic too but I changed my mind :) or my imagination took me on a different level :) thanks for this lovely post.

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    1. Thanks Sulekha - glad your imagination took you into interesting pics.

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  14. Your teacher needs to be punished and made to write, "I will never discourage a student again," 200 times in his notebook. Thankfully, you didn't pay much attention to that criticism, and so we have these beautiful posts to provoke us into pondering over something new everyday. Nice post, Suzy.

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    1. oh lol thanks Cynthia. I would've liked to see him do that!

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  15. Totally believe Einstein. The man was a genius afterall, right?! Besides, look how much science fiction is now reality. Star Trek alone inspired so many of our sci-tech today!

    Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
    http://writebackwards.we3dements.com

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    1. Thanks Jamie. Ever so true - science slowly catching up with fiction!

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  16. Yes it takes imagination to create and build. I'm thankful to have an imaginative mind; however, sometimes I wish I could turn it off at night.

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    1. On the other hand Talya, maybe great things are dreamed of in the still of the night. Happy dreaming.

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  17. Imagination nourishes the soul. Great post and song Suzy.

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  18. Without imagination a human being would be vegetable ...isn't it. And thanks for mentioning John Lennon...I love that song.:)

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    1. Thanks Nibedita. Glad you enjoyed the song.

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  19. Having no imagination I feel is to be a bird without wings !

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    1. Ever so true Ruchira. Nice analogy.

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  20. "I"nternet lets you "I"magine?! I agree. Without imagination our lives would just be colorless. And Lennon rocks!

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    1. Thanks Meera. So true (both our lives being colourless and Lennon).

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  21. I love how I can open up your video to listen to while I comment, Suzi. John Lennon's Imagine is great!

    I do believe imagination is much better than knowledge as it is boundless and free. Something about knowledge creates barriers. Those with authority determine what is valuable knowledge and what isn't, even if it's not true. The education system shows that only too well. I think imagination is above all that and available to all.

    And I'm glad you didn't listen to that narrow minded teacher who said you couldn't write. Keep writing. Loved your post.

    Cathy

    Cattitude and Gratitude

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    1. Thanks Cathy. I agree with you about the education system. It does not support creative minds.

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  22. I once read that Sergei or Larry ( I forget which one) once had this dream that he downloaded the whole internet and from that dream was born - Google :-)

    Great post. I completely agree :)

    P.S: I love that song

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    1. Thanks Nandana. And thank goodness for his dream.

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  23. Absolutely 100% agree with Einstein! He's my hero, by the way! Such a wonderful person! The best example I know is that of how the structure of the benzene ring was envisaged. I can't remember who, but the scientists dreamed of snakes coiling and then catching their own tails. He then woke and realized that the benzene molecule was a ring structure!
    Okay, totally nerdy detail! :D

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    1. But so interesting, Roshni. Thanks for that bit of nerdy detail :)

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    2. Thanks Roshni. As Shail says, that was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I think too that imagination has a unique role. Lovely post. :)

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    1. Thanks Shail. Glad you liked it.

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  25. Then again, Edison said something like, "Inventions are 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. However without the 1% inspiration the 99% perspiration is of no avail!

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  26. Personally, I agree with Einstein! :o)

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  27. Awesome post,so glad I stopped in from UBC!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa for visiting and for the nice comment.

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  28. I love Einstein's quotes and I love John Lennon, so this post is right up my alley! Thanks for the inspiration and for bringing awareness, it's really needed!

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    1. Thanks Delia. Glad you liked it and thanks for visiting.

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  29. Suzy, I just posted my letter "I" blog and I wrote about an experience and this song as well! How can anyone be offended by this song. Right or wrong, it's about peace and that is just what this world needs right now, is peace! I too, am grateful to express myself through writing with the groups on FB. Nice post, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Linda. Loved your post. Great minds think alike :D

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  30. Great post Suzy. I loved your take on imagination and I have to agree :)

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  31. I love the way you serve us with Wisdom post after post by never over-doing it.

    The song is one of my all time favorites. I loved your post to the core and yes i agree to you.

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    1. Thanks Preetilata for your very kind comments.

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  32. I love that song, and I love your post! I totally agree that imagination and inspiration are the most important ingredients to accomplishing something creative in life, whether it be writing, art, philosophy or science. I am enjoying your blog very much. Mine is also a hodgepodge of various things, whatever comes to mind that day! :-)

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    1. Thanks Josie. I like to be "themeless" - that allows for more imagination and fun. I love your theme. I'm trying to put a line of gratitude in each of my posts too. Thanks for following me.

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