WINSTON Churchill’s aphorism “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind” brings into view possibilities yet to be realised.
He uttered those words when space exploration was a dim possibility, the digital revolution an impossible dream and the scope of advances in modern technology unknown.
But through sheer power of the imagination, people were able to dream of possibilities and create things that had previously not existed.
Humans were bold thinkers who could imagine new horizons with unlimited opportunities.
The Wright brothers imagined aeroplanes flying across the sky.
Gandhi dreamed of liberating India from her colonial masters.
Martin Luther King envisaged a racially tolerant nation where his children woul be not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
Bill Gates visualised putting a laptop in every home using his software.
The world is a better place because of these -daring and imaginative souls.
Our imagination is our dream machine. Every rational being is gifted with this power which can bring into existence what doesn’t exist. The faculty of imagination is a divine gift to humanity.
Every rational being has a solemn duty to exercise this often underused faculty.
Underused imagination atrophies and we waste this amazing faculty.
Exercising the imagination is like oiling it. The more we use it, the more agile it becomes and we can dream of better things.
Papua New Guinea is a land of unlimited opportunities. Yet many of its citizens live in shacks and feed on scones while its leaders beg international donors for more loans.
To rescue the country from irresponsibility, to lift the masses from poverty and create new opportunities, the country needs men and women with imagination and the will to turn the opportunities into gold.
Unless we dare to imagine and create change, we will not become masters of our destiny.
We will become slaves of foreign masters who will loot our resources and make us puppets dancing to their music.