20 March 2011 in

Which One Suits You Best?

MARCH 20, 2011

I’m the type of person that usually prefers to know things. I make calculated decisions, at least in some aspects of my life; while others definitely expose my weakness in math and any sort of calculation.
At least that’s how I always thought I was. In the last while I noticed a shift. My decisions are less calculated and my plans vary from loosely woven to, well, non-existent. The time has come to admit that I have been coasting; I have been going with the flow! Instead of trying to know the future I have started imagining it.
This might seem like the same thing on the surface but it’s not. Attempting to know the future means meticulous planning, disappointment when those plans don’t work out and eventual cynicism. Imagining the future is different because it always works out. Imagining the future is hope, daydreams and optimism; at least for me. I noticed that I am happier the less I know. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.
In all honesty though, my mind can only stay in that bubble for a little while, because in the end I love to know things. I love to know how things work, I love to know why they happen, and I would love to know how to solve them. I have to admit knowledge has made me cynical, to a degree, about the world and about people.
Imagination and knowledge have never been friends, mainly because one kills the other. Therefore I’ve asked myself this question many times, is imagination more important than knowledge? I’m still undecided, but I’m leaning towards yes. Realistically would there be any knowledge without imagination? Imagination is what drives ideas; knowledge is what verifies their validity. In my mind if they were both in a car, imagination would be in the driver’s seat, while knowledge would be the back seat driver.
Random thought: would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
the outspoken introvert

16 Comments So Far:

  1. Your random thought is a toughie.
    Maybe I'll go for lose the old and make new ones.

  2. What a great thought for a post... I think you definitely need to have both in your life, it's just finding a way to balance both. It's kind of like science and religion... I would love to say that science explains everything but there are moments in life where it simply doesn't. They are both important in different ways. I don't think I could choose between old and new memories... erasing the old would be like dying and become a new person, and keeping the old would mean to never grow from the experiences I've had. Hmmm... I'll have to think about that one :)

  3. It seems that life in general is a balancing act :)...The dynamic between old memories and the ability to make new ones reminds me of the imagination and knowledge battle. You know what happened in the past and you can imagine what's going to happen in the future. For me, if I HAD to choose, I'd choose the ability to make new ones.

    Robert Frost said "in three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." I agree with him, I truly believe that the past shapes who you are but it is impossible to live in it. One needs to keep moving forward in order to survive.

  4. Oh how gut wrenching it would be to make a choice! I treasure my experiences and memories, but taking them with me as I form more, only enhances the new ones I make.

  5. Deep thoughts, there.
    The old memories and experiences are a fundamental part of the fabric of whatever we've become today. A fair balance is what I'd likely opt for because you want to keep the lessons learnt and avoid the mistakes. No point going ahead blindly, if you don't recall how you got there.
    On imagination and knowledge, they should go hand in hand - it's great to imagine, and then with knowledge, make it work, just the way you want it!

  6. This is a very hard question. I think an integration of both parts is necessary. You said that your plans are loosely woven, this reminded me of an old Persian saying amongst the skilled artists in my home country that make rugs into handcrafted art work. The saying goes: "If you can dream it, then you can weave it". I would prefer imagination over old memories any day. Life is what happens now, the present. But to choose between the two is like asking someone whether they prefer Alzheimers or permanent retrograde memory loss that spans from the moment they are born and up until today. Though choice......


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