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20 September 2017 @ 01:12 pm
I have caught word that a child is using his imagination and I've come to put a stop to it*  
Richard Dawkins fears that imagination is a gateway drug to God.
*Seymour Skinner
Elenbarathielenbarathi on September 21st, 2017 04:25 am (UTC)
"For poetry and fantasy aren’t stimulants to a deeper spiritual appetite; they are what we have to fill the appetite. The experience of magic conveyed by poetry, landscape, light, and ritual, is . . . an experience of magic conveyed by poetry, landscape, light, and ritual. To hope that the conveyance will turn out to bring another message, beyond itself, is the futile hope of the mystic. Fairy stories are not rich because they are true, and they lose none of their light because someone lit the candle. It is here that the atheist and the believer meet, exactly in the realm of made-up magic. Atheists need ghosts and kings and magical uncles and strange coincidences, living fairies and thriving Lilliputians, just as much as the believers do, to register their understanding that a narrow material world, unlit by imagination, is inadequate to our experience, much less to our hopes."

~ Prisoner of Narnia
El Coyote Gordo: editsupergee on September 21st, 2017 09:57 am (UTC)
Very thought-provoking essay, though I can't resist pointing out that the fabled New Yorker fact-check department got a title wrong. It's A Grief Observed, not Portrayed.