What is it about little kids that makes imagination necessary? Is it that their short attention spans need constant stimulus so they provide entertainment from within? Is it a coping mechanism to help them sort out all of the new concepts they are starting to notice and understand? Is it practice for being a grown up?
And why do we eventually lose our imagination as we grow? Are we too stuck in the real world?
I keep thinking that I read fiction books because this is like taking an "imagination supplement." I can't be bothered come up with stuff on my own anymore, so I pay people to do it for me. Some people do this with TV and movies too.
This leads me to believe that we really do need our imagination for something. There is something about it gives relief and rest for our minds; a vacation from the intense focus we require from ourselves these days.
On that note, I'm going to go spend some time taking my imagination supplement.