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To: OldNavyVet
C.S. Lewis (I think it was in his Abolition of Man, but I'm far from certain about that) distinguished between varieties of daydreams. His conclusion was that some are useful, some are probably neutral but may be sinful as a waste of time, and some are objectively sinful.

It's the latter ones that people need to worry about - not only the dreams of revenge as noted in the CE entry, but also dreams of the Walter Mitty type that function as a substitute for action or an escape from reality. In that case if unchecked, the fantasy eventually devours your life. But the useful ones are the kind that you mention - that spur one to take action in reality, whether that's inventing something new or writing a poem or novel. Which was of course where Lewis was going with that. His day job was in medieval & Renaissance literature - which involves sitting around and thinking (and writing) about people who sat around and thought and wrote.

Probably not fair to call them daydreams because it's too easy to confuse them with the harmful kind. "Creative thinking" or "inspiration" might be a better name.

5 posted on 10/25/2012 11:03:49 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Good post. If all your imaginary dialogue ends up as a novel, it wasn’t “daydreaming.”


6 posted on 10/25/2012 1:56:42 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Now a hit television series starring Judi Dench!)
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