One of the best things about being into superheroes or science fiction in general is the fantastic aspect of things. It allows our imagination to shine. It takes us to worlds we could never imagine, but one the writer or artist pulls us to willingly. It’s an amazing experience. I talked yesterday about how last week was a lot about getting in the right mindset, and I’m definitely continuing it throughout this week. I want to talk today about imagination and how we can continue to use that to improve ourselves.
In Promethea by Alan Moore, he creates this world called the Immateria. It’s the world of ideas, where metaphor becomes reality, where ideas have form. I have been thinking a lot about this recently. Outside of ourselves, we are ideas. It’s a very weird concept to see yourself as, well, a concept. That’s how everyone outside yourself sees you. My friends each have a certain idea of me. I have a certain idea of myself. These ideas sometimes clash and create really bad interactions. You don’t live up to their expectations or you surpass them.
The greatest thing about this is we are both. We are the idea version of ourselves and the self we know. What does that mean for us?
Well, I think if we can acknowledge both parts and find out the strengths and weaknesses we can move forward to better ourselves. I talk to my friends quite a bit about how they see me. One of my closest friends and I have a bit of a frenemy type of relationship. He sees me a little conceited. I see him as a little selfish. In the end, neither one of us probably see each other right, but it does put things in perspective of how we treat each other and how we act around each other. Another friend will see us completely different. All these little things create the big picture of how the world perceives us and how we see ourselves.
Of course, that’s not the full picture either. If the Immateria was a real place, our self other people see will not be tainted with reality. It was be the pure idea of who they thought of us. It may not be rounded as you are as an individual, or it may be completely different. It’s an interesting thing to think about when looking at yourself.
So the big question is, how do we use this knowledge or these ideas to better ourselves? I regularly try to ask people what they think of me. It may not temper me as much as it could, but it does allow me to be aware of how people look at me or how I act to other people. If someone, for instance, says your mean. You’ll try to look and find out exactly why they think that. It may just be how you say something, or the way an interaction went when you first met. You may have been having a bad day, but they saw it as a personality trait. Figuring all these little things out can help you move forward and be a better person.
Like everything, this isn’t easy. It takes close friends who you know can be honest, and it takes you looking at yourself outwardly as well as inwardly. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting way to get the full picture of yourself. Ideas and reality, they’re both brilliant. Oh, and you’re beautiful and I hope you have a good day.