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What is imagination? Is imagination important to you? What happens if we do not have imagination?According to the dictionary, imagination is the action of forming new ideas, images, or concepts of external objects not present to the senses. It is also the ability to be creative and resourceful. It is evident from the definitions that imagination is of utter importance. However, in Singapore’s pragmatic society, facts and logic are often championed over imagination and efficiency is more welcomed than creativity. This can be seen from how there are more compulsory Math and science subjects that upper secondary students have to take than Humanities subjects. However, imagination is in fact, a very important faculty. Firstly, imagination sparks creativity. Only with creativity are fictional books, art, architecture and other aspects of life that requires a creative mind able to exist. Authors have to visualise fictional characters and events to write out fiction or fantasy books. Artists need to be imaginative to create something outstanding, and fascinating. Architects have to think of how to design buildings that are different from others, in terms of the structure, details, overall appearance and more. Without imagination, we will not have fictional books like Harry Potter, artworks like the obliteration room by Yayoi Kusama or buildings with unique designs like Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade. Without imagination, everything will just be the same. We will not have the ability to create something different and new. Secondly, imagination ignites innovation. With innovation, we can progress and come up with new strategies to improve our lives. Creators and inventors need to be imaginative to form ideas for new creations and inventions. Steve Jobs had a vision of a smartphone with many functions such as email, entertainment and most importantly Internet access. Along with the Apple staff, he made the iPhone into reality and it revolutionised mobile phones. Our lives have been made much more convenient with smartphones, all thanks to imagination. Without it, we will not have inventions like Wi-Fi, television, laptop and many more. We will not be able to progress or advance.Lastly, with innovation and imagination comes new discoveries too. We are able to think of the impossible and question the unknown. For example, before travelling to space was made into reality in the 20th century, nobody thought that it could happen. However, with imagination, we can think of extraordinary thoughts which may be made possible. On 20 July 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first human to land on the Moon. On 5 August 2012, NASA Mars rover Curiosity landed on Mars. Humans have progressed so much for space travel and many other aspects of life as well. We are now more aware of what the Moon and Mars are like from the images captured. Thus, imagination leads us to explore more possibilities and expand our knowledge. Without imagination, we will only know what can be seen and we will have very limited knowledge or understanding. All in all, imagination opens up endless possibilities, from new discoveries to creations to new ideas. Many aspects of our lives are dependent on imagination such as brainstorming and innovation. It is an important ability and faculty that we should not underestimate. We should maximise imagination to the fullest so as to continue to have progress and creativity. Before I end my speech, I would like to share a quote by Albert Einstein. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will get you everywhere.” Thank you!