Dreaming of - - human imagination
by: Gordon Barthel
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I dream of a civilization that venerates the human imagination, the power of the human brain to visualize that which does not exist, a civilization that recognizes we have fire, wheels, writing, dinnerware and cutlery because somebody had the imagination to envision that which did not exist, a civilization that acknowledges we have money, printing presses, radio, television and satellites because of human imagination, a civilization that concedes we have planes, trains, ships, automobiles and spaces stations because somebody had the vision to conceive things that did not exist.
I dream of a civilization that celebrates human ingenuity, the power of the human brain to solve problems in new and imaginative ways, a civilization that recognizes we have cell phones and cordless tools because somebody solved problems that frustrated many though few thought to tackle, a civilization that acknowledges we have solar power and wind power because somebody dared to answer the question how do we convert wind and sunshine into electricity, a civilization that recognizes we have airlines, public transit, railways, highways and shipping companies because somebody sought to solve the perennial challenge of moving people and products vast distances.
I dream of a civilization that celebrates human creativity, the power of the mortal mind to create hobbits and dragons, Beethoven’s ninth, da Vince’s Mona Lisa, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Taj Mahal, a civilization that celebrates the power of the human mind to create music, art, theatre, film, fashion, cuisine and architecture.
I dream of a civilization that celebrates the power of the human imagination to create a world of our own making, a civilization that recognizes human creativity has taken us from living as wild beasts on the open savannah to living as civilized beings in luxurious skyscrapers, a civilization that concedes human ingenuity has taken us from plodding ten, twenty, thirty kilometres per day to crossing entire continents and oceans in hours, a civilization that celebrates the power of the mortal mind to translate speech into writing has taken us from fashioning sun-bleached bones into knives and axes to taming fire, barley and goats to building schools and factories,
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