Thursday, February 11, 2010
Beyond Harry Potter - The Importance of Imagination
Though I personally will defend the value of bedtime stories to my last gasp, I have learned to value imagination in a much broader sense.
Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation, in its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
-JK Rowling from the remarkable Commencement Speech she gave at Harvard in 2008.