The imagination gives to everything it touches a peculiarity, and it seems to me that the peculiarity of the imagination is nobility, of which there are many degrees. […] I mean that nobility which is our spiritual height and depth … But there it is.*
Wallace Stevens’ contention is that imagination is as powerful a thing as reality.
Are you encouraged to use your imagination at work?
It’s crazy when you think about it, that one of the most amazing and powerful faculties we have is underused and under-developed.
We have to use it somewhere, though, or we’ll burst.
Stevens appears to intimate that if we are not being encouraged to use your imagination, we’re more likely being seen as a commodity than as a person.
*Wallace Stevens, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Wallace Stevens on Reality, Creativity and the Greatest Self-Protection from the Pressure of the New.