Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States
We all have used our imagination in our lifetime, whether we have realized it or not. However, Hill points out to us that there are two types of imagination: synthetic and creative. What's the difference between the two? In my opinion, our synthetic imagination is based on our experiences and what we have been taught on a subject. In contrast, our creative imagination uses both our thoughts and faith. Let me explain.
Have you ever seen or know of someone that is afraid of roller coasters because they had a bad experience on one when they were a child, and they have been terrified since? And when you ask the person to go on a roller coaster with you, they instantly say no because of that experience. Well, that's because their synthetic imagination was bringing back that experience to them, even though they would enjoy the ride if that tried it now.
On the other hand, that same person decided to use their creative imagination when you asked them to ride the roller coaster with you. Now, your friend is thinking of all the fun and exciting parts of the ride, and how everyone who goes on them, comes off the ride smiling and laughing. And backed by their faith, they decide to go on the ride, and come off of it wondering how they missed so much fun in their life.
The point of the story I want to make is that our synthetic imagination can hold us back from achieving things we want in our life. And by using our creative imagination, there is no limit on what we can do and become.