Imagination is one of the key things and maybe the key mental faculty that separates the human from all other forms of life. Imagination lets us remember things from the past, it lets us project things into the future and think about how things would be in the future if you did something this way or that way.
Everything that exists on earth that wasn’t made by god or nature, everything that humankind has created started in somebody’s imagination, that’s where it made its first appearance.
You can make a case that outside of god or nature, the human imagination is the most powerful force on earth.
The thing is, very few of us have ever really been taught how to use it.
Most of our education, especially all the way through to higher education is on using other mental faculties which also have made us very powerful: the ability to analyze, the ability to calculate and they are very powerful because they have allow us to take the things that we imagine and make them real. In a certain way, worry starts in the imagination. Worry is a function of imagination. If you didn’t have an imagination you wouldn’t be worried.
What is worry? How do we do it? What’s the purpose of it? Is it possible that worry has a positive function which it does – explained Martin L. Rossman M.D in his amazing presentation about worries, anxiety and eventually overcoming this two massive problems.