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True Wisdom Begins With Imagination – by Simon W.S. Loh

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The epitome & essence of wisdom lies within one’s very own imagination!

 

 

Wisdom, to put it bluntly, is having the ability or courage to make intelligent or informed decisions and choices under the most unlikely or challenging of circumstances. Personally, I would like to think of wisdom as an innate ability or an inborn talent to remain logical, rational and reasonable even under stress, duress or pressure. Wisdom is also varied through learning and experiences. True wisdom is a gift rather than a talent. It takes a lifetime even generations to master the true value of wisdom. Einstein once quipped, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

 

 

Free your imagination and be surprised by just how creative and knowledgeable you are! / Pix: Getting Smart

 

 

 

Knowledge is born of imagination. Without imagination there is no knowledge. Such was the simplistic yet divine wisdom possessed by the scientific genius. His pioneering works involve such diverse fields and complex disciplines such as relativity theory, quantum mechanics, photoelectric effect, cosmological constant and gravitational force, including his famed energy equation E = mc2. His quest for knowledge is only limited by his imagination. Albert Einstein was an eccentric man, a madcap scientist and a brainiac physicist, as well as a visionary philosopher. One of his famous personal motto states that “God does not play dice with the world.” He believes God does not engage in random acts of Creation. Indeed, his unwavering conviction for his uncompromising beliefs was so strong that even on his deathbed, during the final moments of his life, he continued to take notes of his never-ending quest or search for the Holy Grail of theoretical physics. He also believes that there exists an ultimate omnipotent force in the form of quantum gravity which could unite all the major physical forces in the Universe.

 

 

 

Sir Albert Einstein – arguably one of the world’s greatest physicist as well as brilliant philosopher / Pix: Pinterest
Sir Albert Einstein – arguably one of the world’s greatest physicist as well as brilliant philosopher / Pix: Pinterest

 

 

So we cannot dispute or deny the importance or significance of imagination. After all, we have Albert Einstein to thank for his enormous yet indispensable contribution to science. His many deeds to mankind and the world is truly priceless. But how many of us actually utilize and to exploit our imagination? Being creative is an integral part of imagination. Creativity is the fundamental key that unlocks our hidden potential. Of course, we do not need to emulate the great and magnanimous Einstein to achieve our fullest potential. To attain our goals and dreams, we just need to learn to be creative. Being imaginative is only part of the process. No doubt being passionate in what we do helps a great deal too. Passion and interest goes a long way in realizing one’s accomplishments. To put it simply, “Love is all we need.” Such was the poetic wisdom in John Lennon’s classic 1970s hit song. An inspirational tribute or love dedication to his beloved wife Yoko Ono perhaps?

 

 

 

John Lennon – the legendary Beatles icon whose vision of love is as simple as having to imagine / Pix: Pinterest
John Lennon – the legendary Beatles icon whose vision of love is as simple as having to imagine / Pix: Pinterest

 

 

Now we know how love can make the world go round. Love knows no bounds or boundaries. Love conquers all. “It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” William Shakespeare could not have said it any better. Those who have experienced love and heartbreak are better off than those who have not experienced love at all. Experience in love is paramount in determining how one values life. Do we put enough love in all that we do? In other words, are the passion and effort placed in our work and activities sufficient to meet or fulfill our expectations? I dare say that not many of us truly emphasize enough love in our undertakings and everything that we do. We cannot have too much love. If only there was such a thing as Cupid. It would probably make the world a better place right? “It isn’t how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do that counts.” – Mother Teresa

 

 

Mother Teresa – the pious Albanian nun who is universally regarded as the symbol of charity / Pix: Bright Cove
Mother Teresa – the pious Albanian nun who is universally regarded as the symbol of charity / Pix: Bright Cove

 

If there is one thing we all love though is Star Wars. George Lucas may not be as wise as Einstein, Shakespeare or the Beatles, but he certainly loves what he does. Making movies demands lots of love and passion. Producing blockbuster science fiction films requires tons of wisdom not to mention an extremely high level of creativity and imagination. Lights, camera, action! Action indeed speaks louder than words. However, it is words that drive or stimulate action. It is words that fuel my writings and ideas. Creative ideas are born of one’s imagination. And so it all comes full circle. Remember E = mc2? In the immortal words of Master Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to pain. Pain leads to suffering.” Wise words truly. Food for thought indeed! – HFM

 

 

Master Yoda – a key character of the Star Wars sci-fi saga whose wisdom is truly beyond boundaries / Pix: Wikia
Master Yoda – a key character of the Star Wars sci-fi saga whose wisdom is truly beyond boundaries / Pix: Wikia