Essay On Imagination And Imagination

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“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” (C.S. Lewis)
Imitation and imagination offer essential learning experiences in our childhood; they shape how we view the world and influence our interactions throughout adulthood.
These two elements work together; they build our characters and realities at a young age. Through imitation we are given a set of tools that later allows us to generate our imagination. The difference between childhood and adulthood lies in the various instances and methods of how we employ imagination and imitation.

Imitation plays an integral part in growing up. Psychologists claim that we learn through imitation; children use this practice as a form of social learning – a way in which they
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It is a valued quality that we struggle with when we are older. Whilst growing up, we are taught and tested in a programmed manner; this enforces the concept of cause and effect and as a result, we become trapped in state of common sense. Intuition and instinct are abandoned and reason is treasured above all. We become restricted in the way we process information and as a result; our imagination deteriorates. We find comfort in repetition, and start to view it as another form of consent, rather than a result of calculated control. Therefore, similar to the gradual change in imitation, imagination also changes as we grow up; our own reality immediately pulls any process of imagination back considering we have a more conscious and developed understanding of the world. Consequently, adults are limited by their unlimited source of knowledge and access to resources.

In contrary, due to a child’s natural state of mind; their creativity is often unlimited due to their limited experience and understanding of the world; unlike adults, reality draws no boundaries to their inventiveness. Being immune to consequence and judgment they are able to just create without the need of approval or consent. Children have no concept of ‘disappointment’ or ‘defeat’ due to the fact that their memory span is short and it forgets; offering them with the seldom oppurtuinity with a new perspective everytime they try to
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