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The imaginative scratchpad

The imagination is a scratchpad where the mind is free to fill the blank page with whatever ideas — both real and unreal — it can conjure.

Invention makes it rounds in the head, a collection of stills manufactured to inspire even more wonder.

One of the hardest parts about growing up is coping with the grip of seriousness. Boredom is the reaction to what you’re suppossed to do.

Excitement, on the other hand, seeks the freedom of disengagement. It approves of the ‘most august imagination‘.

But adults can retain their crayons. After all, it is creativity that separates humans apart from other species. Says the “Oracle of Silicon Valley” Tim O’Reilly:

We have to make it new. That’s a wonderful line from Ezra Pound that’s always stuck in my brain: “Make it new.” It’s not just true in literature and in art, it’s in our social conscience, in our politics. We have look at the world as it is and the challenges that are facing us, and we have to throw away the old stuck policies where this idea over here is somehow inescapably attached to this other idea. Just break it all apart and put it together in new ways, with fresh ideas and fresh approaches.

To put it another way from graffiti artist and corporate thought leader Erik Wahl:

“Our greatest personal potential is reached when unbridled imagination is applied with critical competence and when business acumen is embodied with artistic finesse.”

First, we flirt with the imagination. Staying provoked, we proceed in exploring all possibilities.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.