What the hell are you talking about? It’s everywhere.
Unless, of course, you’re talking about this blog, in which case, sorry, but yes, 90% of posts generally devolve into one of a select few rants (change (personal), change (political), karma, negative entropy and self pity).
But the world today, is doing more different things than its ever done before. there’s more people alive than ever before, and all of them are full of it. Imagination, that is.
I can see where cynicism comes from. I always get it when I’m browsing the right kind of museum. Where are our movements? Our Manifestos? Where are the spats and affairs between literary greats? Where are the cities where the world is being reinvented? Where are our geniuses?
When we look back at history, we only see the highlights. It’s the nature of perspective, the further away something is, the less of it you can see. The things that still stand out are the huge monoliths, carved out of pure historicism. I wonder what the everyman’s relationship with Picasso was, at the time? Did many people have access to his work? How many people read Eliot’s the Wasteland in his lifetime? We know that Shakespeare was a populist, but did everyone go to see him? Really?
It’s hard to know, but actually, its probably only know that so many people have so much access to so much greatness.
And then we get to make our own.
Yes, we’ve got television to drown out our own brains. Yes, we spend too much time on facebook and twitter, talking about sandwiches and trying to come up with puns to glue to kittens.
But we’re also ready to dive headfirst into some of the most creative waters of imagination ever held. We have instant access to the masterworks of history. We can find more information than was ever available to anyone.
If you can’t find imagination, you just haven’t opened up your brain enough.
The fact is, inspiration is breathing. You mind is constantly working on this stuff, trying to explore and explode every idea you come across. You feed it, you listen to it, and you let it pour back out again as something new.
It’s easy to look at the world and say that everything has been done before. It’s much more interesting to look in your brain and recognise that it has never been here before. The layout of your brain, utterly unique. The perspective that gives you, only your own. The ideas you have, pure imagination.
Nobody has ever been through a life like yours. Your particular mess of stimuli, experience and thought processes, is unique. Utterly.
Your neurons rearrange in response to the reliable chaos of the outside world. Your hormones react to the people around you and take you on pathways and decisions that nobody else could.
Everything is unique. You are exploring your imagination constantly.
Run with it.
Breathe in the world and spit out something new.
Illustration by Jaime