The human imagination has a powerful ability to transform perspective. This amount of influence can be both harmful and helpful to uncovering the truths in life that humans seek. As we are learning with the conflicts surrounding media coverage and institutional corruption in the 21st century, our imagination plays the most prominent role of shaping how we discern something’s property of truth.
Professor Rahimieh’s lecture on “Excavating the Past” is the main factor that has prompted me to revisit this exploration of the human imagination. There are different routes that can explain the inner workings of the imagination, such as scientific research about the brain, or even philosophical meditations. Ultimately, how we as modern individuals and as a collective society come to comprehend our existence, is a question that can have muddled answers from biased storytelling.
The relationship between history and truth is one that has to be evaluated with a grain of salt. If history and truth had a relationship status on Facebook, it would be, “it’s complicated”. This is why connecting our present with the past requires an attitude that doesn’t accept a simple “one-size fits all” answer. Humanities Core has taught me, especially during Spring quarter, to be dissatisfied with deadend searching. There will always be more to know; our imaginations must never become stagnant. The world as we know it isn’t the sole truth. We have to keep digging and keep searching, or else we fall victim to intellectual arrogance.