Friday, July 26, 2013

But first it must be imagined

“There is in the soul of the child an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed as it develops. Human consciousness comes into the world as a flaming ball of imagination.

Imagination is closely tied to creativity, ingenuity, and responsiveness to life’s challenges. What we imagine is what we create. These days the world is overrun with conflict, violence, segregation, patriarchy, and ecological ruin. If we were to imagine that nonviolence and peace are possible, that diversity is beautiful, that equity is desirable, that we belong to the Earth, and that even our religious truth claims may not be the last word…then a different world may indeed be possible. But first it must be imagined. ~Maria Montessori

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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