Do you wonder?

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18 Responses to Do you wonder?

  1. HermanoBen says:

    I’m desperated, I can’t imagine what to comment

  2. Egogramme says:

    If only it were true…

  3. Egogramme' says:

    I used to believe that too.

  4. strayhiker says:

    What about necessity?

  5. Mike says:

    desperation – nothing to blog about
    imagination – lots to blog about

  6. Stripe says:

    I guess I Wonder if I totally miss the point. To me Desperation fuels Imagination; necessity is the mother of invention. The more desperate the situation the greater the need for imaginative solutions. And Imagination is no guard against Desperation; Great ideas have lead good people to bad ends, again and again.

  7. Dee Wilcox says:

    I suppose it goes both ways. Creativity requires constraint… but desperation – real desperation – might kill the energy you need to be imaginative. When I feel creative, I feel either energetic or very “in my head” – when I feel down – or desperate – imagination is my way out.

  8. hisllama says:

    So that is how they come up with the really lame advertisements

  9. Dave says:

    Where is the “MacGyver Curve”? He seemed to have incredible imagination in very desperate situations.

  10. Andre Molnar says:

    I’m pretty sure that this one goes both ways.
    With blatant disregard for the intellectual property of this index card, I created this illustration:

    Up to all of you to find a clever comment for the intersection of the two lines.

  11. Hugo Iwata says:

    I’m pretty sure that this one goes both ways. [2]

    The second line better suits the situation when you are paranoid.

  12. Jerry E. Stephens says:

    Looks like an appropriate description of the recent presidential vote in Iran.

  13. The line would be inverted if the title of this graph were “Don Draper.”

  14. Cecilia says:

    Hmmm… given my desperate financial situation since my lay-off, I’d say that as my desperation increases, so does my ability to come up with imaginative ways to put food on the table…

  15. Ember says:

    I agree that increased desperation prompts increased imagination, but I parsed this one as “once your imagination starts increasing, your desperation starts dropping”

    But maybe that’s some kind of bell curve?


  16. Anjali says:

    Love it. And I agree – that’s the way it usually works, all considered, even though there is the odd occasion when desperation brings out the best in some people.

  17. Quinn says:

    I’m just glad that all of you kind, creative, intelligent people exist. This site, and this discussion, are a refreshing treat.

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