why imagination is better than knowledge

Sure, knowledge has its place. But do you know why imagination is better than knowledge? Because it’s been proven time and time again, that when it comes down to it, it’s not what you know, it’s what you believe. So let me muse my point, with a little fictional (or not) story, as it was told to me by a wise man.

Once upon the time, there were two scientists. They were both very knowledgeable in their field. Over the years, they learned a great deal, and taught at Universities so others could learn from them. Together, they made lot’s of scientific discoveries, and written many important books filled with scientific analysis and knowledge.

They lived long, productive lives filled with scientific explorations and breakthroughs. One day, one of the scientist became ill. He learned that he didn’t have long to live. As he was lying on his deathbed he summoned his scientist friend. He then asked him: “All of our lives we were concerned with what we know. But now, I have to ask – what do you believe?”

This story demonstrates the power of belief. And imagination is belief’s close cousin. What makes imagination so powerful you say? The answer is, it transcends knowledge. It is beyond the tangible and the explainable. Another notable quality of imagination is that it is unlimited. More accurately, it is only restricted by the limits that you and I set ourselves.

Dare to dream again

Why be afraid to imagine and dream? What is it that changed in you from when you were young? When did imagination become impractical? Do yourself a favor and remember what it was like to imagine, to live in wonder. To believe in magic, to be excited just to be alive in each moment. Dare to dream again. Dare to let imagination back into your life.

When you are guided only by that which is factual, you’re closing the doors on the vast opportunities that are available to you. Our imagination sets manifestation into motion. Indeed, if you can think it, you can achieve it. We manifest based on what we conceive to be true. What we believe. That belief which is based in knowledge, is inherently limited by the data it contains. Belief based on imagination can soar above any information, past all of the restrictions.

Imagination aligned with destiny

There is a good reason why we are capable of imagination. Imagination is rooted in our life’s purpose. Given the proper attention, it helps us to align ourselves with destiny. Imagination is a recollection of the cosmic consciousness. It serves as a reminder to us, of who we are and what we’re capable of. Lifetime after lifetime. The bird’s eye view, if you will. Without it, we would be confined to the information gathered during the comparatively limited span of this life.

Imagination will point you at your destiny. Pursuing your destiny will bring you to a purpose-filled life. A purpose which defines you, and the actions that you take. Nevermind the pre confined notions that you must act in the way that’s considered acceptable by your peers, your family members or the society itself. Your life and its purpose belong to no-one else but you. So follow your destiny.

In Conclusion

Personally, I like to think, the scientist’s answer to his friend was: “I believe in the destiny that brought us together, the same destiny that now allows us to question our deepest beliefs, regardless if they are rooted in science or imagination…” Of course it doesn’t really matter what his answer was. What’s yours?

Live well. Vlad

2 Responses to why imagination is better than knowledge

  1. Adam September 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    Yeah I think they’re of equal importance. They’re different but they feed each other. Knowledge gives people the ability to imagine and imaginations give them the drive to pursue knowledge. A dreamer without knowledge is useless. But knowledge without imagination is in a way cold and lifeless – an automaton or something. We need both.

    • Vlad Rapoport September 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      Hey Adam, thanks for visiting!

      I agree that both have their place. One thing I like about imagination is that unlike knowledge, it doesn’t require any external factors. It can be a completely independent process. :-)