Quotable J.K. Rowling

14 Oct

“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision
that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and
innovation.  In its arguably most transformative and revelatory
capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans
whose experiences we have never shared.”
~J.K. Rowling

I am a fan of J.K. Rowling and have never been ashamed to say it.  To me, she embodies the strength of a woman’s resolve to better herself.  To say that she has a brilliant mind is an understatement.  For someone to be able to create a whole other world in their mind AND translate it to words is nothing short of amazing.  She inspires me.  I will be able to do what she has done (probably not in the same scale of success—but one can dream!).  I will be able to write the book that I want to write and share the stories I want to share!

I love this particular quote because it reminds us of the human capability to feel compassion towards others.  It’s an innate characteristic that allows us to empathize, to put ourselves in other people’s shoes (without having to share the athlete’s foot!–sorry, verbal diarrhea translating into written word, probably not a good thing!).  I’ve always subscribed to the belief that every single human is innately good, and that each human being feels empathy and sympathy all the time.  It’s an ingrained impulse.  But I think it’s a gut reaction that people seem to ignore these days.  Maybe because they don’t want to appear weak and soft, and Lord knows, the big, bad world will pray on the soft, weak and seemingly gullible.   We shouldn’t ignore the instinctive empathy or sympathy really.  That’s were consideration for others start.  That’s where learning to abide by The Golden Rule gets its foundations.  If everyone, once in a while, indulged in a bit of empathy and sympathy of someone else’s plight, and did something about it, the world would be a much better place!

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2 Responses to “Quotable J.K. Rowling”

  1. Jeyna Grace 14 October 2011 at 14:56 #

    I have to agree with you. She’s an inspiration!

  2. Yelly 16 October 2011 at 15:05 #

    She is indeed! 🙂

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