Exercise your imagination

Imagination grows by exercise and, contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

            W. Somerset Maugham

I have two lovely daughters who spend their time (when we shut the TV off and take away our iPhones) using their imagination. They play house, and princesses, and doctor, and on and on and on, with simple props and a healthy dose of imagination. I adore it. It's beautiful to watch their creativity and their ability to speak worlds into existence.

Sadly...imagination tends to die away somewhere around the middle of our school years in our society.

Production and happiness

Economic production has been linked to overall happiness, as shown in this 2010 post from The Atlantic. While you can’t argue against the data, it can make you worry a little.

It makes sense that in our society, where value is all too often placed on material accumulation, people who find themselves out of work and/or not making high amounts of money, would experience lower levels of well-being.

Of course, if you define yourself by what you do, how much you make, and what you can buy, you will undoubtedly have a lower perceived self-value if you aren’t making big money.

It correlates with the introduction of the Sabbath in the Hebrew scriptures...

Elohim

Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created...

Did you know the word used here for God is “Elohim” which carries a plural ending?

So what?

Glad you asked.

I had a rabbi once say to me, “it’s as if by proclaiming the name of Elohim, the people of Israel would have been saying to the tribes they encountered, ‘all of your gods are contained in our one.'”

This is a powerful claim.

The claim is taken a step further with the introduction of Jesus. The following tidbits were part of the cultural background of the Jesus story.