Keys to the imagination?

 

Silas Poster

The Worst Wounds Are The One’s You Can’t See

We all know that imagination is the key. Oscar Wilde had it in gallons, Einstein oozed of it while having his customary shave. I’ve thought about it for not more than a brief instant innumerable times, and as is customary with most mammals, my first impulse was to look for magic cures that would wire my brain to the need to create, and create gracefully with the ideas and information at hand – be it coffee, alcohol, tobacco or sex – anything to emancipate our minds. But alas, it’s more elusive than what I had initially perceived – like racing to raze down a heavily guarded fort when a little bit of circumspection would have instead helped. Rather rummy, I’d say.

I ask this question at this moment as really, imagination is the key to our latest project, SILAS. By imagination, I mean here not completely fantasized worlds, but worlds where although fictionalized, is nonetheless based with a firm footing in reality. The trick here is to understand your own reality and elude to them in a slightly metamorphosed way. This I find to be quite a difficult task, and it gives rise to a paradox of sorts: that it’s harder to know of your own feelings, and simmer in your own experience of reality than to participate in those of another. But such a participation can arise only through a sub-conscious identification of our own memories and emotions. We’ve all been there. We point out the qualities of our friends and colleagues exceedingly well – their strengths, their shortcomings, the minutest details of what they did wrong, or how they succeeded. But how much does such a propensity reveal into the lives of our own? It’s terribly uncomfortable to reflect on such ruminations, but I thought of putting it out there since SILAS largely deals with mental health and the reaction of society…in quite an imaginative way. Empathizing is one thing: it’s a good start, since to actively participate in the experiences of those suffering from such debilitating illnesses can palliate the response of the larger populace. But I believe the key here is to transpose and transform one’s own past and present whereby we stop living for ourselves and instead make our realities a reflection into the lives of others. And I don’t think it really matters how good those reflections are.

Phew, there’s that bit of epigrammatic self-talk out of the way for the day. Cheerio then, curious to know of your responses, since I’ve left the parameters a bit gaping over here.

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