Rage Against the Minivan?

I was at a gas station the other day and a minivan pulled up to the pump next to me. As a woman got out of the minivan to fill her tank, a young child started screaming at her from the back seat. He was upset because the DVD player stopped playing when his mom shut the engine off. She told him that everything would be ok and the movie would be back on in a few minutes. The child continued to throw a tantrum because the movie might start from the beginning instead of where it left off. She told him that he was only 5 minutes into the movie and that it wouldn’t kill him to watch that little bit over again. She then proceeded to tell him that he should be thankful that they were fortunate enough to be able to afford a minivan with a DVD player in it. At that point, I had finished pumping my gas and got back into my car. Once back in the warmth of the car, I began to process what I had just overheard. I felt bad for that kid. Why? I’ll tell you. When I was a kid, we didn’t have DVD players for the car. Going for a ride in my Mom’s station wagon became a journey into the world of imagination. Sometimes I imagined being in a train, plane, spaceship, submarine, or pirate ship. Other times, I was in a giant drill, making my way to the center of the Earth, or traveling through time in a time machine. I had many wonderful adventures while riding in the car. The kid at the gas station was missing out. He might never have any adventures of his own while riding in that minivan. Why? Because he was plopped in front of a DVD player instead of being encouraged to use his imagination. Are we killing off future generations’ ability to use their imaginations? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to imagine a world without imagination. What would that even be like? Would we all be mindless drones just schlepping through our days? How boring would life be? How would we advance or evolve? If you have children, I ask you to encourage them to exercise their imaginations. You might just be helping the next Einstein reach his/her maximum potential. With that, I leave you with a few quotes by Albert Einstein:

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.”

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

Dream well,


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