The sense of the verb “to imagine” contains the full richness of the verb “to see.” To imagine is to see most clearly, familiarly, and understandingly with the eyes, but also to see inwardly, with “the mind’s eye.” It is to see, not passively, but with a force of vision and even with visionary force. To take it seriously we must give up at once any notion that imagination is disconnected from reality or truth or knowledge. It has nothing to do either with clever imitation of appearances or with “dreaming up.” It does not depend upon one’s attitude or point of view, but grasps securely the qualities of things seen or envisioned. – Wendell Berry
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May you imagine much–and in the fullest sense–in 2016, MC. Happy New Year!
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Thank you for the kind thought. Here’s hoping 2016 is productive for both of us.
(Actually, the imagining part is easy. It’s the getting-it-down-on-paper part that throws me!)