What have you seen, heard, or touched today, that you have never encountered in your life before? The well of new things to see and do gradually runs dry as we get older. A ‘first’ (a virginal sight or sound, etc) is like a rare butterfly sighting. But this can all be changed, for we have an amazing power-tool called the imagination. By using the imagination we can invent, create, even lie to ourselves and discover ‘firsts’ (new inputs).
Why should I want to invent or create?
Briefly, we are all familiar with the ‘fight or flight’ phenomenon. Imagine that one night you witness an alien craft landing on marshes; a hatch opens and a two-headed skeletal creature with wings and two sets of red eyes floats towards you. From the tiny hairs on the back of your neck to the beating of your heart, a full-scale chemical avalanche showers the brain, body, and soul. It might be that prior to the spaceship sighting your life had been little more than a robotic existence; so this ‘encounter of the third kind’ induces a very rude awakening. You will remember the UFO sighting for the rest of your life. The brain is jogged by a major event – something new and/or absurd. Children live in a world of absurdity, they have yet to see and know it all; for them, there still exists skeletons in cupboards, fairies at the bottom of the garden, and Santa Claus in Lapland! This newness, ‘firsts’, is unlike normal brain energy; general run-of-the-mill brain stuff doesn’t require extra attention, but absurdity does. Think strongly enough about the alien craft and the alien being, and shortly the child-like buzz will rush through your veins. A new idea enters the brain (pure essence of mind) and has no friends (matching data); it is an absurd/new concept. Your eyes can hardly keep up with children playing in a playground because they are full to the brim with biological energy. Children, because all is new/absurd to them, ceaselessly convert virginal sensory input into energy (pure essence of mind). The more energy the child expends the more the body reproduces. The child perpetually sees new, and burns energy to leave room for more newness.
Contemplate for a few minutes on the following example:
‘A passenger plane with bird wings, legs, and feet.’