This month's Mother's University topic is imagination. Here's a crash course from an 1896 text, Imagination and Dramatic Instinct by S.S. Curry, PhD.
Why should the imagination be trained?
1. Its perversion is one of the leading causes of the degradation of character.
2. It is the chief creative faculty.
3. It gives man taste and refinement.
4. It raises him out of a narrow prison into communion with the universe.
5. It lifts him into relation with all things and all men.
6. It develops the comprehension of universal principles.
7. All true appreciation of art and literature is dependent on its exercise.
8. It enables man to appreciate not only the art of his own age and his own country, but that of all other lands and times. By its power he can become a Greek, and see as the Greeks saw, and feel as the Greeks felt.
9. Unless it is developed, there can be little improvement in the ideals of a man or a nation.
10. It enables us to enter into sympathy with our fellow-man. By its power alone can we appreciate the point of view of those different from ourselves.
11. It gives us the power to penetrate to the heart of Nature.
12. It is the faculty which sees beauty and loveliness.
13. It discovers grace in the motion of the storm.
14. It is the faculty which enables man to realize eternity and God.
15. Work without imagination is drudgery, but with it the humblest employment is lifted into the realm of beauty and art.
16. The imagination is the source of all inspiration and interest in life; its activity creates beauty in the commonest objects of handicraft, and gives charm to the humbles home.
Yet, the development of the imagination has been given little or no place in the courses of study in our schools.
How much time are you allowing for the development of the imagination in your busy days?