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I believe knowledge is of utmost importance and value. Imagination is important, too, as it allows us to fly with our thoughts, away from the confinement of reality. However, imagination is always confined within the boundaries of one’s knowledge. Without knowledge you wouldn’t be able to express your ideas, thoughts, and feelings. So, knowledge has more value than imagination.
More than 100 years ago, a man named Thomas Edison had a thought – wouldn’t it be great if there was a safer, more efficient alternative for light than candles? People could work more easily in the evenings, and productivity would skyrocket. If it weren’t for Edison’s knowledge of science and electricity, we might still be living in a world of darkness.
To me, imagination somewhat drives knowledge. The basic principle of gravity was thought of there and then, wasn’t based on previous understanding. Newton was simply astounded by why an apple would fall down from its tree and not in any other direction. His idea didn’t come from his teachers or books. Imaginative thought takes you beyond the limits into the unknown. Any innovation, as a matter of fact, comes from one’s imagination – not knowledge!
Nowadays, a lot of people lack imagination. But imagination is needed to come up with new inventions and innovations. Although people require knowledge to achieve their vision, the first step that is needed is the ability to dream differently.
Take Elon Musk, the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, for example, he was able launch a car into space. This, of course, would not be possible without the knowledge to do so, but would be even more impossible without imagining the idea in the first place.
Daydreamers with their heads in the clouds – oh no! “Dull nerds” … well that doesn’t sound good, either. Imagination and knowledge fit together like puzzle pieces and go hand in hand. People who only have imagination get stuck in their own heads. When they come back to reality, nothing comes of their ideas. On the other hand, people without imagination stick to plain rules and never think outside the box, so they don’t get much done either.
Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” I think imagination has more value than knowledge because there are no limitations to imagination, and imagination produces original thought; whereas knowledge just consists of what we already know.
If we could only have one or the other, it would have to be knowledge. We might have always dreamed of sending man to the moon, but it remained merely a vision for centuries because we lacked the technology to do it. As people grew more knowledgeable, everything changed and our knowledge changed. Knowing how to build advanced rockets was that turned a dream into reality.
Albert Einstein himself said imagination is more important than knowledge. Without imagination, we wouldn’t be able to create or invent useful things. We can still come up with new innovations, without a lot of knowledge.
I believe imagination is much more important, because robots will soon be taking over the jobs that require knowledge, such as those of teachers and doctors. The only jobs that might be left are those of artists. Also, people need imagination to think of how to make the world a better place.
Albert Einstein once said that, “Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination encircles the entire world.” Technological, societal, and ideological advancements are a result of brilliant people, such as Einstein, who dared to dream against all odds.
Therefore, to achieve a better tomorrow, it is important that we do the same and think beyond what we know – using our imagination.
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