SEEING THINGS

Visions and dreams and hopes — imagination — we need a lot more!

I believe that everyone should get the chance to go to school — if they want to. And to stay in school as long as they want to. And I believe that opportunity should not be defined by zip code or ethnicity and country of origin. But education is not enough. Everyone needs a dream.

There was a time in this country when kids grew up, planning to be like their parents; teachers, preachers, pipe-fitters, musicians, farmers, etc. Sometimes the possibilities were defined by gender or by race. Women could [decently] be nurses or teachers or secretaries or airline stewardesses.

Then, somewhere along the line, someone started to dream. And some women imagined themselves as doctors and lawyers and bankers and brokers. And some men found fulfillment and career opportunities in nursing and teaching and assisting. Sometimes there were role models and mentors — and there was always imagination!

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world . . . I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination . . . If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin.” 1929 interview with Albert Einstein by George Sylvester Viereck, published Oct. 26, 1929, Saturday Evening Post.