IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE
Posted by Gary Johnston
My good friend Albert Einstein went from Spirit to flesh on March 14, 1879. It was a Friday. I remember it being a Friday because I was getting ready to leave my mind for the weekend, but Albert’s birth delayed me.
Albert’s first words were, “Eee eekwolls em sea skwaired.” We, the people present at his birth, had no idea what he was talking about and dismissed it as baby gibberish.
As he got older, Albert said many things that did not sound like gibberish. One of them was, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” I love this quote. It presents two systems of understanding. Knowledge in this quote means limited understanding, and imagination means unlimited understanding.
Society constantly tells us, “Don’t trust yourself. Never mind looking within. Look outside yourself and trust outside authority. Outside authority knows better than you.” But like knowledge in Albert’s quote, outside authority is limited and relies on what is already known. Trusting yourself and looking within gives you access to an Authority which, like imagination, is unlimited and knows all that will ever be known.
Oh the great fear people have who dismiss imagination, and think knowledge is more important. “It’s nonsense unless you can prove it with science,” they say. They fear looking within. They fear the Great Mystery that imagination taps into because they cannot prove it with science, or make it fit into a box.
Anything that comes from the Great Mystery, by imagination, cannot be proved. It will not make sense to science. How can something unlimited make sense to a limited system? The Great Mystery is beyond words and intellectual understanding. Imagination gives us glimpses of it. There is nothing to prove.
Albert has another quote I love: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.”
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALBERT!