Michael O’Brien on Imagination

“The human imagination is a God-given gift, a faculty of the mind that is intended for the expansion of our understanding by enabling us to visualize invisible truths. In the modern era this zone of man’s interior life has moved to the forefront of his experience. With the advent of film, television, and now the near-virtual reality of special effects videos and other electronic entertainment, the imagination is inflamed to a degree (both in quantity and kind) greater than at any other period in history. We have grown accustomed to powerful sensory stimuli overriding the mind’s normal screening mechanisms, and consequently our ways of perceiving reality itself are becoming distorted.”

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