Neil McEwan wrote:
> I think her first posting gave us the general idea. A rich fantasy life
>is very important when you're growing up, but it's not the basis for solid
Hm, what is solid spirituality? There are philosophical schools (I'm not
sure if "Idealists" is really how you call 'em in English) which would
advocate that spirituality and imagination are the same thing - and these
are not skeptical schools... And comming to the point where this discussion
is "celticaly" relevant, I'd say the average Celt was very imaginative
(even risking with that bringing up arguments like: "but no culture is
specially imaginative!"), and very "spiritualized" too.
Buddhists think that spirituality is a sober, quiet thing (yet they write
beautiful poems in honour of their lord, and they're very imaginative too).
Brazilian indians would dance and play rattles in a very creative and
spontaneous sort of way, yet seriously - their most important ceremonies
are conducted this way. The bible has been re-written a hundred times to be
made fitting for the imagination of the people who'd read it, and yet it is
considered by many to be a source of spiritual guidance and exercise (and
aren't the pages of Book of Kells decorated with amazingly intrincate,
ellaborate and imaginative drawings?). An Angel appeared to Mohamad as a
bush burst into flames - he could have simply walked in throught his door
and said his say... Greek fellows used nothing if not their imagination to
carve those awsome statues of their gods and godesses, yet these statues
were meant, I dare say, to inspire the onlooker with spiritual awe...
Imagination is no way and enemy to spirituality.
The point is not how imaginative one is, but how seriously he/she is to
take his/her own imagination...