“Foster Imagination” Sub-Pages:
Why is the Imagination Important?
• Be able to picture something better.
• Meet people where they are – try to look at them through God’s eyes.
• Imagine what we can do to help.
• Witness and “translate” the truth for the modern age (both literally, through language, and through the way we live and love).
How to Foster Imagination
Don’t let things be a substitute for affection and interaction with you. Materialism and an over-abundance of resources stifles growth and imagination. (cf. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell) Live simpler to let imagination thrive. Less television. Less stuff. Real chores. Real play. Real interactions between people.
If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. (Abigail Van Buren, a.k.a. Dear Abby)
Strive to keep a balance of freedom and limits in working with your children.
Unstructured play time.
Time spent enjoying nature.
Free time away from the computer and television.
The Value of Stories:
The value of stories is often neglected. Many people focus too much on the idea of stories teaching a direct lesson. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but the story shouldn’t suffer for the sake of the lesson or be too squashed into teaching a lesson, because well-told stories are important and formative for many reasons. Also, stories are human, so we aren’t looking for perfection in them. Here are some reasons to value stories:
• Getting inside someone else’s head and understanding how they got where they did.
• The consequences of sin and of grace can be surprisingly powerful when they show up in a non-religious context.
• The same is true for a complex moral issue that society often doesn’t get today, such as the value of suffering. (e.g. Inside Out and Harry Potter)
• Some truths become more clear to us when we see an example of the opposite (e.g. false dichotomy between faith and reason present in the first Jurassic Park book)
• Common experience with others – including cultural literacy and a place to connect and relate with others
• Learn to look at things from a variety of viewpoints.
“Ham, Ham, Ham,” Eisenhower chuckled. “You’ve been seeing this clue hunt like it’s just another game. I do that with most things, too. But there’s a big difference. Games have rules. The clue hunt doesn’t. It’s not cheating if there aren’t rules.”
“What about the rules you’re just supposed to follow in life?” Hamilton asked. “The ones that make you a decent person?” – Into the Gauntlet, The 39 Clues, Book 10 by Margaret Peterson Haddix