Aphelion Editorial 030
The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...
by Dan L. Hollifield
I thought that this month I'd be writing about getting older,
as I have a birthday coming up soon - but I really don't think
about aging too much any more. Then I thought about really stirring
things up with my usual diatribe on gun rights, but chickened out.
Then I remembered what all of us here have to have in common to keep
coming back - imagination.
Do you ever stop to think about your imagination?
Every invention, every step towards civilization
required someone to imagine a better way of doing something. Creativity
relies on consideration of possibilities as much as bringing the
possible into existence. Pretty powerful, that imagining thing.
We all enjoy tickling our imaginations with stories or
we wouldn't be reading this Zine. Stories are inventions too - every
fairy tale, myth, urban legend - all share the mark of an imagination.
And we've learned how to enjoy the products of other people's
imaginations. I sometimes wonder if that's not the biggest reason we
humans have come so far - the ability to think of something that no one
has ever thought of before and make it real. Of course, I'm not
mentioning all the hard work that goes into making a thought into an
object. That's a different topic. Ideas, imagination, dreams... these
have made us what we are today.
Oh, and the hard work of course.
Thanks for your time.
© 1999 Dan L. Hollifield
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