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Is imagination better than knowledge?
As many famous people have said, like Albert Einstein or Walt Disney, imagination gives you inspiration, possibilities and creativity. I’m not against that, but I think it couldn’t work without knowledge. If you were very creative but didn’t know how to write or speak, you would never be able to tell a beautiful story. If you were innovative but had no knowledge, your ideas would never be able to be put into work.
Knowledge can be seen as a stepping stone for a person to reach their creativity. Creativity is the product of imagination. So, both of them need knowledge to work and grow up together. Knowledge is static and creativity is changing, change is needed for new things to happen but to have change there must first be something to change; knowledge.
Imagination can be used but not without knowledge. A good example is to think about a caveman with a mobile phone, he wouldn’t know how to use it, no matter how much imagination he has. It takes knowledge to get imagination work. With enough knowledge I could build a house like my neighbor's house. With enough imagination I can imagine a house where you walk on the ceiling, but without enough knowledge you would never be able to make it so.
There's a reason people go to school for art. They have to acquire the skills to make their work better. Before you create a picture in your head, there must be a certain amount of knowledge about what you wish to create. Imagination takes you in circles, people sit on their couch all the time dreaming about having a pool in their backyard. To get that pool you must have a pretty steep income. Getting that income means using your brain to achieve that dream. Imagination means nothing without the means to put it into action.