Imagination versus Knowledge


That's the question.

What's more important?

Imagination or Knowledge?

What do you think?

Is this sign right?

It's a complicated question. 

I mean, it's pretty obvious that knowledge comes in handy in life... 

I wasn't fond of math class when I was a kid, but I can't imagine my life without a basic understanding of math concepts.  (Algebra aside, of course).  Imagine working on DIY and home improvement projects without understanding measurements, fractions and other basic math concepts.  Not funny, right? 

But what fun would life be if we only colored inside the lines, or stayed with what we know to be a sure thing?

Would we wind up with mini bars made out of vintage radios?

Could our mind picture beautiful wine bottles being anything more than a vessel?  Would we have that light bulb moment?

What good would an Easter basket be, after Easter?

When I take something and try to re-create it into something new and fresh, I am pulling from my imagination.  Of course the knowledge I have acquired helps feed that.  Forcing myself to be creative and think outside the box, to find ways to improve without spending much money, that is very rewarding to me.  

Beautiful, visually stimulating images are darn near addictive...and Pinterest is like a new drug.  But it's not just the knowledge of what others have done, or what is possible, that I seek in those beautiful images.  It's the spark to my imagination that makes it worthwhile.

Albert Einstein once said,

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Is imagination more important than knowledge?  It depends on who you ask, what you ask about, and when.  But if you ask me, without a doubt, I say YES!

I visited LaurieAnna's Vintage Home recently.  What beautiful spaces she has created!  Her motto is SIMPLE FARMHOUSE LIVING.  Life has been kind of crazy around here lately, and I can really relate to some of that...SIMPLE.FARMHOUSE.LIVING

Those words are very alluring together.

And LaurieAnna's Online Boutique has some really inspiring cafe signs and oodles of accents, housewares, linens, gifts, wall art and more.  That's where I found this sign that I just couldn't pass up:

I first saw this on Pinterest and followed the link back (so glad it was properly credited) and discovered it could be mine ~  and I wouldn't even have to break out the saw or the paint to create it.  Sometimes, when life is as crazy and hectic as it's been...that's a huge bonus.  :) 

The package came in the mail and I was so ecstatic to open it.  (What a treat it is to get a package in the mail.  It's almost like Christmas.  Now I know why some people become addicted to shopping over the internet.) 

I took it out of the box and propped it up on the first available surface.  I had to have it where I could see it ~ just until I am able to prepare a more permanent spot for it.  Don't you do that when you get something new and exciting?  Place it right smack in the middle of the room where you can admire it?  (Okay, maybe I need to get out of my house more often. )

That afternoon, as I sat down at the table with the kids for a snack, my son read aloud, "IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE"
And then he said  "THAT SUCKS...I don't have any imagination!"


This from the boy who never makes it through a day without saying, "Mom, wouldn't it be cool if we could....insert crazy, out-of-this-world, clever idea here....?", and builds super-duper, unreal lego masterpieces in the blink of an eye.  I stare at the legos for hours and only come up with a floor, four walls and a window...maybe a little bumpy couch and a bed.  Hmmmm....
I reassured him his imagination was not lacking!

Oh Lord...thank you for children and their ability to just wipe away the craziness of the day with just a few words. 

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1 comment :

  1. Sherry,

    Have I told you how wonderful you are?


    PS I agree....give me imagination any day.
    PPS That sign is AWESOME.
    PPPS Seriously....wine bottle lights.....brilliant!