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Imagine and go, altogether.

Shek Tong Shui, Hong Kong, 2016.

Shek Tong Shui, Hong Kong, 2016.

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Imagination is so important to us.

We can imagine anything. We can imagine what you should be or will be. We can imagine how our city will be. We can imagine the road with bikes only instead of vehicles. We can imagine there are humans outside the earth. We can imagine what seems not to exist in the world…

To imagine means to look forward to the future. To have brighter future we have to let us imagine. If this doesn’t exist or seems to be implausible, we have to figure out how this can be made possible.

But now the society is in an opposite direction.

Imagination is a gift for everyone, but it is being destroyed under family and school, especially in Asia. People say imagination wastes time, and ask why we don’t study hard and get a good job. To make one fly freely? No! Please! Don’t try to make it true. IMPOSSIBLE!

I M P O S S I B L E .

Study hard first PLEASE!

Examination is the key to discourage one’s imagination. To have a good life and be respected and be popular, get a good job. To get a good job, attend university. To attend university, pass the exam. To pass the exam, tell me the only standard answer.

It also makes you stick inside the box. The world is small as the box and you don’t have various choices, so you have to obey the rules in order to survive.

We can’t and shouldn’t imagine. We have no choice but to compete with others. I am better than competitors now, but I am afraid I will lose everything I gain one day. I can’t create a new way or lifestyle, as it is not possible.

If one is willing to imagine, he or she will only be focus on ’sketching’ a beautiful picture, instead of judging that someone must not come true. He is actually thinking outside the box, by asking whether he should follow the mass. What in fact do I need? If he should achieve the same goal as others, are there other routes to get there?

原來,想像力很重要。

想像的對象,其實什麼都可以。我們可以想像一下自己應該成為什麼的樣子,我們可以想像一下自己的城市將來可以怎樣的發展,想像一下路上如果沒有了汽車而只有單車,想像一下有外星人,想像一下在這個世界上暫時沒看到的東西⋯⋯天馬行空的。

想像是一種對未來的憧憬。我們想未來更好,所以就去幻想。如果那現在看來是不切實際的,好像沒可能的,就要想辦法把它變成可能。

但是現今的社會,卻與之背道而馳。

想像本來是每個人的天賦,但是透過家庭和學校的教育,徹底地將之毀滅,尤其在亞洲社會。原因,因為不切實際。為什麼不好好的讀書、考試、打份好工?要一個人自在地飛⋯⋯根本沒可能。

沒。可。能。

先考好試再說吧。

考試,是一種毁滅想像的過程。要拿高分就要把那個唯一的標準答案寫出來,否則就沒分數,考試便不合格。不合格便不能升學,不能升學便不能有好工作,沒有好工作就沒有好生活,人們看不起自己⋯⋯

就是這樣把人引導到一個只能應付外在環境的黑洞,讓我們以為,這個世界只有一個很小的框框,以為整個宇宙都給我們走遍了,所以在框框內就只有這麼多的選項,要生存只得服從框框內的規矩。

當我們在框框內只能與人比較高低,假若我比別人高了一截,我便是勝利者,但我自己有一天有人會掠奪自己的資源,我也會怕有一天會失去辛苦得來的一切。其他方法?應該沒有吧!就算想到,那些沒有人做過,是不可能的。

有想像力的人,聚焦點在於描繪一幅他心中的圖畫,他不會過於問那圖畫是有沒有可能(甚至第一句已經「沒可能」),至少他會盡情去想那可以是未來的其中一個可能性。除此之外,他會跳出框框,認真思考如現在這麼多人都擠在同一條路上,那也是我真的想要嗎?我有必要執著這條路嗎?就算是一樣的目標,難道只有這條路?
 

Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2016.

Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2016.

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Imagination always comes with actions.

Plans are the norms in society besides standard answer. Before doing something we need to have a detailed goals with specific actions stated, and to tell its expected outcomes, costs and risks.
It is everywhere now. Travel is no exception. Please buy all the tickets and book a room first. Prepare for the trip by reading blog articles and travel guides first.

When we visit a city, we need to answer people’s questions like ‘what can you do and go in that city?’ and we have to clarify when they say ‘that city is nothing special.’ by gathering plenty of information. It seems that we marry to information and thus our world vision is limited but we are not willing to accept it.

Information is part of the world and it does not represent the whole! Just do it first and we will see, especially what the current information doesn’t tell. As we see, you will think and will have some ideas.

It works well when I take a bus or wander on the street. I may look at it or go later when I am free.

Planning before doing is not a good idea since we can’t own all the (best) answers when drafting the plan. We can’t ensure our proposal brings the expected outcomes as we in fact aren’t able to predict. We never satisfy our proposal, change it or delay it, and thus waste so much time. Why don’t start it small and see how it works? We can always rethink and change to make things better and better.

As the Brazilian city planner Jaime Lerner said,

'So, I want just to end saying that you can always propose new materials -- new sustainable materials -- but keep in mind that we have to work fast to the end, because we don't have the whole time to plan. And I think creativity, innovation is starting. And we cannot have all the answers. So when you start -- and we cannot be so prepotent on having all the answers -- it's important starting and having the contribution from people, and they could teach you if you're not in the right track.'

Walk, see, do and think at the same time. Make smalls in order to have a big.

想像力,與邊走、邊做兩者都在互動著。

除了標準答案,社會要求我們做事要有計劃:先有要一個很詳細的內容,裡面要有完整的目標和具體的行動,並評估其目標的可能性、風險、成本和預期得益,方才實踐。

這種處事方式已經滲透在生活和工作的各個層面,當中包括了旅行。若果沒有預先訂好機票和住宿,沒有安排好每天的行程和路線,那是不行的。而要去的景點和住宿,就要預先搜尋旅遊指南和網誌裡。

彷彿這是唯一的處事真理。去城市A,別人第一句問:「城市A有什麼看?」、「城市A沒有好特別的。」我們的生活好像被資訊佔據著,有資訊說過的,我們便會視之存在。沒有相關資訊的,就不用理會啊。

去年赴東京旅行,入住Airbnb,住在從來沒有到過,但是又身在/就近市中心的地區,方才發現原來自己的認識這麼淺。世界其實很大,自己其實很渺小。

一個地方有什麼好看好去的,除了不只某些所謂景點,即使走在大街小巷中也有說不出的美好感覺。有些事情就是當你走出第一步時,才會開始了解到那個東西或地方究竟是什麼,而當你在看時,就會很自然地去思考,或有了一些新的意念。

有好幾次就是當我乘坐巴士時或隨意在街上逛時,發現到一些不論是紙本還是網上資訊從來沒有告訴過自己的風景,如果時間許可,我會下車看看,否則我會把這個地方記下來,待有空才慢慢細看。

因為在計劃的過程中,你不可能擁有所有的答案,且當下那些答案都不一定是很好的啟示,你也不可能確保這件事在實行期間順利無誤並達到預期的效果,因為一個人不可能完全準確預測每一件事情。要等計劃看起來完美嗎?你不會滿足,且因為不滿意,不知拖延到何時才能付諸實行。既然如此,為什麼不先實行一小部分,並細心觀察,根據所見的作出進一步思考、想像和修正?

正如巴西的城市規劃師Jaime Lerner說過,你可以經常有新的提議,但也要留意我們必須要快,因為我們沒有時間作出全盤的計劃,因為不可能在計劃時對心中疑問或是目標有了所有的解答;而創意、創新其實在行動開始時已經進行當中,而人們也在途中帶領自己。所以不用擔心。

邊走、邊看、邊做、邊想。從小做起,一路變大。

LifeAlvin Cwander