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Phantasy is totally overrated in our times. Phantasy is even misused to compensate for the lack of imagination. Imagination depends on our intellectual skill to develop in our mind the picture of something that will become real in the near future, but that we have never experienced before. Phantasy is nothing more than drawing a picture of a most unlikely world.

A sculptor, a composer or a play writer has to have imagination. They have to imagine the final creation before it exists, the sculpture, the synfonie or the drama. Without a good imagination, the creative people would not know where to start, and how to procede.

Phantasy usually leads nowwhere. It is the worst guide if one attempts to be creative. With too much phantasy, instead of a piece of great art you will get a bag full of scuzz.

I think I can tell if a chef had imagination before he developed a new menue. I also can tell if a fashion designer had imagination, or only faked phantasy, when his new creation is presented on the cat walk.

Instead of praising a fiction writers imagination, a whole literature style is dedicated now to “Phantasy”. Thats the reason why books like “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter” are poor literature, but best-sellers on the market.

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