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Owls are nocturnal birds for their far vision, particularly in low light, is exceptionally good. So it makes sense if they hunt by night. Nature has fitted them out to make best use of what in their anatomy has given an edge over many other species. Logic is in their finding what suited their purpose best. If the birds make meal of rodents and what could be carriers of plagues they do create a certain balance it its environment. Their service is however lost on them. Logic did not prepare them see it as such.
Let me cite a feature of Nature: nature doesn’t put all eggs in one basket.
Nature therefore works with multiple agencies, of which we can only assume carries a purpose. It must endow some good to some species that may enlarge upon opportunities that blow in their way. We say some cosmic impacted on the earth 65 million years ago wiped out dinosaurs. It allowed mammals that were precariously holding on to take the centre stage. We are recipients of an opportunity arising from such a disaster. We are not far from wrong if we say we fulfill a purpose to which we are equipped. But if we cause massive scale of extinctions thereby logic on which we relied on is neither here nor there.
We failed because our foresight and hindsight are not perfectly matched. We imagined certain results beforehand but on hindsight we are at a loss to explain where we went wrong. Logic did not create this split but be that as it may, we have ushered in an age called anthropocene.
Logic did not prepare us for such a conclusion as sequences of steps in mathematics move with inexorable logic to its conclusion. We may therefore say imagination is logic plus .
In the analogy of owl we saw how the species render some palpable service to other species on which they have neither knowledge nor control over. Yet they serve Nature partly because in pursuing their own place under the sun they are spreading Nature’s goodness intuitively. But man with rational mind and as with the plasticity inherent in the brain has the faculty of imagination.
What is imagination? Imagination is to think as Nature does think.
Nature thinks with 360 degree vision. Man who thinks about his own conveniences and works in order to achieve is like an owl that follows logic for a purpose. Propagation, procreation and pleasure are all Nature’s way for equipping each life to fulfill its basic expectations.
God has no need for imagination since he is omnipotent and omniscient. Consequently I see Nature as manifestation of divine Wisdom and Power. In thinking like Nature man exercises imagination but it is imperfect. Thus for me as a Christian, merely fulfilling my own selfish needs need break its hold and think beyond logic to its ultimate conclusion. Imagination must allow me to see past Nature of this visible universe, the very nature of God his providence and ultimate goodness.