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Rowling on the Imagination

Free Frank Warner calls our attention to a fine speech the creator of Harry Potter gave at Harvard. We imaginative animals can understand what we haven’t actually experienced, and so we should spend some time each day imagining what our lives would be like without political freedom. Maybe in her literary way she taught those privileged kids some gratitude.

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I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid. This is a very nicely put bit of wisdom. It is so true that no further comment (at least from me) is necessary.

Over the weekend I read Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and though it inspired a number of powerful and universal human emotions and (if I were reading it with friends) might have sparked amazing conversations on the nature of man and citizenship, the overwhelming sentiment I felt upon finishing it was gratitude for living in such a decent country. My kids are too young for this story and its descriptions of rape, etc.--but I will remember it later as they finish high school and set off for college as a means by which they can put their own imaginations to work so as to walk away with more gratitude. We need more of these kinds of stories.

The woman is a flat-out genius. Many overlook her academic background. But that's a woman that gets symbolism, and knows how to crank out a story that fascinates kids.

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