Your Life is your Imagination
“Imagination is more important than knowledge"- Albert Einstein
Taking time to blog one of my favouritte subjects – 'Imagination'.
I have been reading about some of the greatest minds who have revolutionized the world by their thoughts. This includes the greats of Leonardo Da Vinci, Pythagoras, Einstein and so on. It is interesting to know that these people look at the world in a way much different from most of us. They did not like the concept of numbers. In fact most of them define the problems by giving it a shape and structure, just like a human being.
Considering the example of Leonardo Da Vinci, it was found that all his notes he used to make had pictures like animal, mountains and shapes etc. So why should they do that, after all civilization has created language and scripts, then why to go for a new way of representation?
Well according to me the answer lies in dimensions. They want to look at a problem in as many dimensions as possible. If it had been a simple description of a problem then their imagination might have curtailed. But now by adding a different representation, they can see much beyond what a normal person can see.
One of the interesting things I want to add to this is their genius to think in line with nature. The significance of invention of pi is a very important example for this. If you had read the book “Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown, then you would have known that the author very clearly states the importance of the pi (pi = 3.14...).Many of the nature’s structure ratio (e.g. human hand: forehand ratio) follows this pi. So what is special with those people? Why is that they were unique?
Well I think they are unique because “they don’t think creativity as doing same things differently but doing totally different things” (sorry Shiv Khera)
"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself" Albert Einstein
I remember an interesting piece of document which I once saw in Discovery Channel. It was about a person who is in charge of studying the extra terrestrial objects and UFO’s at NASA. This person is blind, dumb and deaf. Now how in the world can he contribute to his job?
Or maybe he can. Maybe he can contribute beyond what the world can see.
The world can see, feel, hear, smell, think and intuit. The world can do only this. What if the UFO (Unidentified Foreign objects) is beyond this? What if the UFO’s are not physical and is just a mass of energy which a normal human cannot identify? What if they are something which is beyond the perception of human capacity? What if they are amidst us and we don’t sense it? This NASA person is less depended on sight and sound. He can be a better choice than any other normal person.
My reason to add the above example is that creativity is something which cannot be bound within limits of senses, it is beyond that. After all, all the great theories begin with assumptions.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education— Albert Einstein
"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." Albert Einstein
Speaking of creativity, I find it misleading when we relate it to only the inventors and scientists. I believe Shakespeare to be one great creator too. He had bought out human emotions which still survive in his literature. Philosophy is again one of the great inventions of human kind. Sir Krishnamurthy’s words are still a gateway for a new outlook towards life.
“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it." — Albert Einstein
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I am not sure about the universe." — Albert Einstein
Speaking of creativity and thinking of the unthinkable, I believe Universe is the best example. Universe has been a fascination for me for always. The very reason for it being stated infinite amazes me every time I think of it. So what makes it infinite? And again even if it is finite, what is its boundary and what is beyond that?
I had always asked this question to my teachers. Well they can’t say more, since it’s all that’s found so far. But there was one interesting answer given to me by one teacher. He said, son there are various theories about Universe and one of the interesting theorem states that Universe is expanding internally.
I asked “what? Expanding internally?”
Smiling at me he said “don’t think rationally when it comes to Universe”
It is important to say that the two studies which can throw light into Universe is quantum mechanics (study of the smallest) and theory of relativity ( biggest).It is funny to note that Common sense have no place in quantum mechanics. Theory of relativity, I am still trying to understand.
"Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." Albert Einstein
Although getting deep into the study of Universe is beyond the scope of blog, I should say that Stephen Hawkins is too close to describing it. The two major things which convinced me of his explanation were the Black Hole (it’s the beginning of universe and also end of starts) and the String theory (although not a Hawkins work).
To put his study in two lines it states, that the stars collapses which results in a creation of a huge vacuum in the middle called Black Hole and surrounding wastes are pulled into the centre where the space and time disappears. This plug hole is called singularity where time will come to an end. His explanation was further strengthened by the string theory which essentially describes the vibrations role here.
They say universe is essentially some curves of light mass (not vacuum). The earth rotate in the mass around the sun in orbit and finally slowing in and getting into the sun .This will take some billions of years though.
Initially we thought earth was centre of universe, then sun, then we realized our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies, next may be our universe is one of multiple dimensions universe has. The interesting thought on the universe is the dimensions of universe itself. They also believe that the universe can be in more than 3 dimensions, to be more precise it can be in 11 dimensions. Well tough to imagine. Well all I can say is circle is again a two dimension shape and it does not terminate?
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction." — Albert Einstein
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein
People believe that the earth is made of only five elements namely earth, water, fire, air and space. They believe is that the ultimatum of all elements is ash. This is how everything is connected to each other. What about the possibility of energy here. Even there are famous healing techniques based on the concept of energy.
I think the major reason one limits the search for something beyond is because of the inability to measure it. Even in chemistry there was a concept of universal solvent which can dissolve anything. People did not take much effort towards researching it. The reason? In what container can u hold a universal solvent which dissolves everything? Well my suggestion is don’t add the final component which completes the chemical to be a universal solvent.
"Time is an illusion." -Albert Einstein
It is seen that all great inventions and ideas have been created by accidents at unexpected times. It is believed that our mind works better enough to get an idea during the calm times. The great inventors of the past had always kept a diary with them nearby during sleep to note down the points they had dreamt or thought during the rest time. A calm mind finds better answers.
I have seen people trying too hard to be creative. It’s unfortunate that if he creates something that hard to search from his brain, then he should think twice about the concept of creativity itself. Creativity is something like going with the nature, like along with the wave. If one tries hard swimming against it, he will remain in the same sea for eternity.
The universe has lots of secrets within. So is our Life. That’s the reason one is yet to define life and universe. All I can say is that on an unlimited universe and on an unexplored galaxy and on an untraveled solar system and on a fully unexploited earth, we are not even a speck. But I believe there could be a way that our imagination can conquer all this. After all we never know what all we are capable of as our senses are limited but not our potential.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
— Albert Einstein
Finally Einstein says
"There are two ways to live your life. Either as if nothing is a miracle or as if everything is"
— Albert Einstein
Better everything be a miracle then, including u !