Imagination

Fantasies Television Cause
Victim School Imagination

Around the photography groups here at MyOpera the concept of 'Desperate to Find A Shoot' (DFAS) has become known among many members who have albums of daily shots. It is a monstrous and evil thing that makes a photographer to shoot just anything to get the daily picture done. When using title 'DFAS', the photographer kind of state the picture is taken without careful planning and is nothing but a snapshot.

But what is really going on the background that makes us state something is taken only in desperation? I see there a loss of imagination, a point or edge where we have ran out of ideas and inspiration. This made me think what is the possible cause or causes for the lack of ideas, inspiration, and most importantly the lack of imagination. Like I have used to do, I searched on the topic. I found few reasons above all, that are claimed to 'kill the imagination'. They are television, fantasy and school.

It is quite common to blame television for many problems in our society. It is said to make us passive and spend all our time only for sitting next to that "magic lantern". You may have read Roald Dahl's book or seen the movie 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. There it is said:

IT ROTS THE SENSES IN THE HEAD!
IT KILLS IMAGINATION DEAD!
IT CLOGS AND CLUTTERS UP THE MIND!
IT MAKES A CHILD SO DULL AND BLIND
HE CAN NO LONGER UNDERSTAND
A FANTASY, A FAIRYLAND!
HIS BRAIN BECOMES AS SOFT AS CHEESE!
HIS POWERS OF THINKING RUST AND FREEZE!
HE CANNOT THINK – HE ONLY SEES!

But surprisingly another 'imagination killer' is fantasy. Or at least it is according to Iris Murdoch:

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.

And what does this mean? In short the idea is that fantasies refer to "unrealistic or improbable suppositions", which is different than "ability to confront and deal with reality by using the creative power of the mind and resourcefulness". Putting this into Iris Murdoch's own words, the difference is:

.. a distinction between the expression of immediate selfish feelings and the elimination of yourself in a work of art.

I myself find this one very controversial. Or at least it is one hell of a challenge to overcome. In photography it may mean that we need to illustrate something that most of us can familiarize with. And I don't mean just shooting everyday objects and landscapes, but really trying to achieve some profound feeling or message like 'death'.

Then there's that third thing that can be the reason for lack of imagination. In his wonderful speech Sir Ken Robinson has claimed the "school kills creativity". He does not exactly speak about imagination, but creativity hardly exists without ability to imagine things. The problem is that the current education system values hard natural science over such things as art. We have learned it is way more important in life to know maths, physics, geography and chemistry than it is to learn how to draw or dance.

So, those three: TV, fantasy and school, can be seen as guilty of killing the imagination in us. And in some level I'm ready to agree on this. Without spending all too many hours watching TV, I may have more time to do something more creative. Instead of saving and spending my money to fulfill my fantasies, I maybe could finally create something really wonderful and important. And if I haven't spent my youth on learning "wrong things", I could be doing something I really like and enjoy.

But on the other hand, someone has to do the maths, and peeps need "opium" to lessen their stress.

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10 thoughts on “Imagination

  1. Thank you very much Zdenko :happy: I changed the last link on the list of sources because I noticed the source I had there first was somewhat propagandist :left: Strange how almost anything can be used for political reasons.

  2. Perfect blog post Sami. I enjoyed reading of it and images are excelent.. 😎 :spock:

  3. Yes a very good blogpost. I have always been interested in children drawings and love them. They are so free of anything, they just draw how they see it and i believe that all children can draw and make great art. But when they go to school they change totally, start to look around what others are doing, get insecure about their own abilities etc etc ……:awww:

  4. I see there also some sort of contradiction between those "three killers". Kids know how to fantasize and imagine, and they does not seem to exclude each other. Is it then education that poison the ability to fantasize in unselfish way? Maybe education then actually kills the ability to fantasize, and makes us value only realistic things worth to imagine.Then comes the television… We all want to illustrate and share our products of imagination. Are then those who get their products of imagination on air responsible of killing imagination on those who are doomed to only watch. It sounds cruel, to use creativity to kill it in others.

  5. One of those killers is the education, what you already said, more and more "hard science" and less and less creative subjects.I never understood this, it is controversial, you need also creativity and imagination in science and they do not seem to understand subjects like visual arts and music developes creative thinking generally.Television is ok, but people should know how to use it, the same with the computer.If people are passively watching, imagination might be killed, but it can also stimulate it, depends on who is watching.I am very happy i have been living without television and computers. Some younger people said it must have been very boring, just imagine…:D

  6. Originally posted by serola:

    And if I haven't spent my youth on learning "wrong things", I could be doing something I really like and enjoy.But on the other hand, someone has to do the maths, and peeps need "opium" to lessen their stress.

    I can so Relate to these Comments & that is why I : Photography & got into it in the 1st place as It's an Escape for me from everyday Stresses & Arguments & it Helps my Creative Imagination that was dead 4 a Long Time from TV & School, & I also like to Numb the Senses from Time to time.:hat:I'd have to say that Drugs & Fantasy is an Imagination Killer Sami.

  7. :yes: Word 'fantasy' has different meanings. My favorite literature are actually fairytale and fantasy :up:

  8. Originally posted by serola:

    Word 'fantasy' has different meanings.

    :yes: It sure does as there are so many Different Types of Fantasies I agree Sami.:wizard:Originally posted by serola:

    My favorite literature are actually fairytale and fantasy

    Mine also 1 of my favorite authors is Enid Blyton & JM Barrie.:dragonfly: :wizard: ⭐ :psmurf:

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