The Nobel Prize for Physics 2017 was bagged by three scientists for their discovery of the gravitational waves in 2015, with their pioneering work published in 2016.
I’m concerned more about that Brain which had imagined and prophesized the existence of gravitational waves almost a century ago – Albert Einstein.
Not just a gifted scientist, but Einstein was a great thinker and hence a great human being too. He had famously made the observation “The true sign of Intelligence is not Knowledge, but Imagination!”
I wish to jeer at those people who make sniggering remarks against those who dare to imagine! Sadly, we see parents complaining about their kids, “He/she is in a world of his/her own. Imagining and talking crap! How would they survive in this ‘competitive’ world?”
Seriously, what do people perceive as success? What do they exactly mean by ‘high status, massive money, exuberant luxuries?’ Can all that buy the pleasure of thinking, visualising, prophesising the secrets of the universe or the wisdom of living?
Can money and luxuries substitute the pleasure of challenging the unthinkably superb human thought process and reasoning capacity?
Let Imagination take wings. I agree even if we think up a whole lifetime, we still wouldn’t be able to fathom an inkling of this marvellous universe.
But let us imagine and feel grateful for what we have in store. Let us imagine and appreciate the life that we live and the world that sustains us. Imagination lets us comprehend both our Nothingness and Richness! And, every person who succeeds in understanding likewise would at once embrace life totally and gratuitously!
PS: If someone really isn’t into the imaginative mode, and would rather seek more of ‘materialistic’ indulgences, that’s fine. But do try not to have prejudiced notions towards people with creative or artistic inclinations!