Thursday, March 20, 2014
A Mythic Definition as Imagination
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“The imagination is our way into the divine Imagination, permitting us to see wholly—as whole and holy—what we perceive as scattered, as order what we perceive as random.” Austin Farrer (as quoted in Reversed Thunder by Eugene H. Peterson)
Mythic is often acknowledged, or accused, as imaginary with the emphasis on made-up impossibilities, or fantastical and unbelievable stories for entertainment. But mythic imagination is actually visionary—a strategy of seeing from a new perspective. It dares to ask the what-if questions to the nth degree. It risks failure over and over again in the attempts to make whole broken parts.
Mythic imagination permeates story and science, exploration and cuisine, language and geography. It is priceless, peerless, and passionate.
It dares to dream beyond the reality it can see and touch and feel. Galileo studied the heavens, improved the telescope, created an early version of a thermometer, and set his world upside down in arguments by proposing the earth and other planets revolved around the sun. For that he faced a trial for heresy.
Three Persian astronomers, or wise men, followed a star across a thousand miles to welcome a newborn king, born in a stable.
Known primarily for inventing a working light bulb, Thomas Edison also invented the phonograph and a motion picture camera. With world changing fantastical consequences. Madam Curie is famous for her studies on radium and Albert Einstein for the “speed of light”. He is acknowledged as a genius even though as a teenager he struggled in a school that demanded rote only learning. One of his quotes states, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
Mythic imagination explodes with possibilities. It ignites wonder. It sparks creativity.
Share: What reality would you like to see re-designed? How would a new perspective change its focus?