Imagination

“The poet only desires exaltation and expansion, a world to stretch himself in. The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits.”

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Often it seems I try to make sense out of life, to see where the pieces fit, to see how the system operates altogether. It is the artist in me that calls me back to imagination, to this stretching of the mind, to be as creative as possible in this world.  I wonder what your imagination looks like, what stretches you, what inspires you to peak into the heavens? I fear that we train ourselves to be logicians and not poets, if we teach our children that you must make things fit, and that contradiction, paradox, and tension have no place in the human experience. Logic and imagination are not mutually exclusive, and yet we seem to trump our creativity in favor of a fixed system. Chesterton has the final say:

“Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians.”

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