I just read an article about a speech the Norwegian writer/translator Tor Åge Bringsværd made about the strange relationship we have in Norway to imagination and children. He basically asked why we don’t kill off the imagination earlier in our society, because kids will not need it later in life.

I don’t know what it is like in other parts of the world, but I imagine it is basically like here. We have become a more homogenous world, where making money is more important than anything. Kids are brought up to play, but as soon as they are a part of the grown up world, they can no longer dream. You do not have time to lose yourself in a world you have created. You have to make money to be able to pay off all those credit cards, the student loan, your mortgage, etc. If you do not contribute to society in a monetary sense, then you should get in line. So why then encourage the creative behavior of children? That was the question that he posed himself and I would say that I agree. Why do we continue to foster the illusion of creative thought if we’re not allowed to dream as adults?

Shouldn’t we be allowed to stare at the sky instead of constantly keeping an eye on the conveyor belt that passes by us at work? Is the system more important than the individuals that make up the system? Please let me know what you think and if the situation is any different anywhere else. I might move there.

Rant over

JH Lillevik is a writer of sci-fi and fantasy. He writes screenplays, novels and short stories. He also works as a writing consultant for upcoming writers. His specialty is mythology, world building and psychology.

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