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Aphelion Editorial 030

November 1999

The Senior Editor's usual drivel about whatever...

by Dan L. Hollifield

I thought that this month I'd be writing about getting older, as I have a birthday coming up soon - but I really don't think about aging too much any more. Then I thought about really stirring things up with my usual diatribe on gun rights, but chickened out. Then I remembered what all of us here have to have in common to keep coming back - imagination.

Do you ever stop to think about your imagination?

Every invention, every step towards civilization required someone to imagine a better way of doing something. Creativity relies on consideration of possibilities as much as bringing the possible into existence. Pretty powerful, that imagining thing.

We all enjoy tickling our imaginations with stories or we wouldn't be reading this Zine. Stories are inventions too - every fairy tale, myth, urban legend - all share the mark of an imagination. And we've learned how to enjoy the products of other people's imaginations. I sometimes wonder if that's not the biggest reason we humans have come so far - the ability to think of something that no one has ever thought of before and make it real. Of course, I'm not mentioning all the hard work that goes into making a thought into an object. That's a different topic. Ideas, imagination, dreams... these have made us what we are today.

Oh, and the hard work of course.

Thanks for your time.



1999 Dan L. Hollifield

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