Rants & Essays
By Marcus Pan
Enter the world of fantasy, for 'tis here where all your
hopes, wishes and desires can occur. When you cross the threshold wonders
appear before your very eyes, materializing like an unreachable dream now
attained, for the imagination of one's mind is truly the most powerful force in
the multiverse greater than that of the electromagnetic force which scientists
claim is unmatched in strength and which holds all things together. Granted, if
it was not for imagination and the overwhelming desire to think and dream
beyond reality, there would be no science. To travel throughout and revel in
fantasy is the ability of all and it can be retained, tended and kept
throughout one's life.
The greatest forms of imagination is in the written text of
a book. While watching a movie on film you are merely a spectator of the scenes
of imagination flashing before you. But with the help of the wonderful word,
the nearly infinite vocabulary and the temperament and molding of a good author
you can place yourself there instead of merely watching the scenes flash by.
You can follow Tom and Huck to the island and through the caves or ride with
the bewildered Monsieur Arrounax and his servant Conseil as they ride with
Captain Nemo of the Nautilus. Solve the mysteries of the Mysterious Island with
Cyrus and his friends and many other places are merely waiting for your
arrival. The ideas are never-ending. Visit the earth after a cataclysm or
during the Age of Kings. Or travel to a new world altogether, for there is no
end to the imagination. How can one describe the thrill of a book? Books return
to us all the effort they have been given and more. It has been said: "Without
books, we have no past and no future."
The above item may have been edited by the author
since its first appearance in Legends No. 14.