“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.” — Albert Einstein, Cosmic Religion
“…If it were not for the Poetic or Prophetic character. the Philosophic & Experimental would soon be at the ratio of all things & stand still, unable to do other than repeat the same dull round over again” — William Blake, There is NO Natural Religion, 1788
Ultimately to effect social transformation, it is never a question of having “the proper analysis” so much as it is having the most creative and fecund imagination. For that is Genesis, whereas analysis, without creativity, belongs to nihilism and leads back to the Void. Analysis, by itself, tells us only that life, the universe, and everything is meaningless, pointless, and purposeless. The creative imagination, however, perceives otherwise.
“Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it. In war it serves that we may poison and mutilate each other. In peace it has made our lives hurried and uncertain. Instead of freeing us in great measure from spiritually exhausting labour, it has made men into slaves of machinery, who for the most part complete their monotonous long day’s work with disgust and must continually tremble for their poor rations. … It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man’s blessings. Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours; concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labour and the distribution of goods in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.” — Albert Einstein, quote from a speech to students at the California Institute of Technology, in “Einstein Sees Lack in Applying Science”, The New York Times (16 February 1931).
It is peculiar (to say the least) that a man will hold Einstein in esteem as having been a genius; but that this same man will dis-esteem William Blake as having been a lunatic or insane. Yet in many ways they shared identical views of the primacy of the imagination. That man is like Nietzsche’s “Last Man”, incapable (or unwilling) to cross over the bridge from the “all-too-human” of “common sense” to the transhuman of uncommon sense. And that compartmentalisation of the mind is, as far as I’m concerned, the real insanity.
“I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one ?” — Albert Einstein, Cosmic Religion
“Now I a fourfold vision see,
And a fourfold vision is given to me:
‘Tis fourfold in my supreme delight
And threefold in soft Beulah’s night
And twofold always, may God us keep
From single vision and Newton’s sleep!”
– William Blake, Letter to Thomas Butts, 1802
Both these statements pertain to the holistic vision and the integral consciousness. The Global Era now aborning is the imaginative concretion or “presentiation” (in Jean Gebser’s terms) of the integral consciousness in process of “irruption,” or of being presently instantiated. The reactionary mind is the mind that refuses to open the doors of perception and fully enter into this new Era and this new consciousness.
“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.” (Matthew 23:13)
A pretty apt characterisation of the reactionary mentality as it functioned in Jesus’ day, too. But also another instance of that strange recurrent parallelism between Nietzsche’s philosophy and the teachings of Jesus; for just as the “scribes and Pharisees” shut up the kingdom, and refuse to enter it themselves, so Nietzsche’s “last man” also tries to prevent others, and forbids himself also, to cross over the bridge to the transhuman. In Buddhism, this is also the parable of “the raft”.
(I found this essay on the fourfold vision on the internet by someone named Neil Goddard. It’s a decent interpretation that you might find helpful).