Friday, May 30, 2008

Imagination Rocks

While searching for a particular quote in the book, Orthodoxy, by English wit G.K. Chesterton, I ran across this lovely writing on true imagination:

There is a notion adrift everywhere that imagination, especially mystical imagination, is dangerous to man's mental balance. Poets are commonly spoken of as psychologically unreliable; and generally there is a vague association between wreathing laurels in your hair and sticking straws in it. Facts and history utterly contradict this view. Most of the very great poets have been not only sane, but extremely business-like; and if Shakespeare ever really held horses, it was because he was much the safest man to hold them.

Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason. Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom (16-17).

More power to the imagination; the magnet that attracts us to the good life.