Language and Imagination

Donny Setiawan
4 min readSep 26, 2023
Photo by David Matos on Unsplash

Humans are Thinking

Literally Imagination is not the same as illusion and fantasy or fantasy.

Imagination is a picture of something that pushes it from ‘which was not there’ to ‘is’.

Meanwhile, illusion is an attempt to believe to give birth to a false impression (out of real nature).

Fantasy or imagination is the human power to describe something that is not real.

Therefore imagination is applied to ‘mental processes’ then to ‘physical visual processes’

Humans continue to seek enlightenment on things that are beyond their knowledge.

By thinking, humans give birth to various knowledge so as to fill the void that exists on the face of the earth.

In the process, humans use reason to interpret reality with forms. The form must be in accordance with reality, or in other words, what is agreed to be ‘true’.

Evolution of Mind

As far as he knows, humans ultimately think in better ways.
Thinking well means being able to think systemically, regularly and on target.

As humans mature, they can think in, most fundamentally at least, two ways:

First, thinking well can be said to be thinking rationally.

Thinking rationally, namely by forming a thought, through reasoning, thoughts do not come out of intuitive human nature so that they can be considered correct (in accordance with reality).

Second, if the first is meant through thinking with confidence. The second actually invites humans, in their reasoning process to interpret reality, to use sensory experience.

In this case, something is considered true (according to reality) if it can be felt and created through experiential images.

Immanuel Kant, in his commentary, said that both of the above are equally true.

According to him, good knowledge is knowledge that is based on a logical reasoning process and is in accordance with sensory experience.

Thought without content is empty. Intuition without concepts is blind.

The Role of Language

If the nature of reality is a body that is only perceived through the human senses, then language plays an important role as a mediator or medium through which sensory experience and reality can be channeled into a form of existence.

Ludwig Wittgenstein I commented that language is a picture of the world.
In this sense, language also plays a very important role in drawing the world or form of reality that we believe in through the process of sensory experience or that we conceptualize rationally.

By following Wittgenstein’s comments, language is not only a medium in its use in human life, but also as ‘the center of the continuity of human life’.

Language can explain a truth. On the other hand, without language there would be no truth (revealed).

Language is reality that is expressed. In this way, language is a form of reality.

Language Fusion

In its role as a ‘center of knowledge’, as language matures, it also develops behind its practice.

It’s a metaphor. A new power in language that lulls humans to sleep.

Ludwig Wittgenstein II in his comments — following his theory of language games — a sentence in its embodiment using conversation can give birth not only to one meaning but to ‘fuse’ other possibilities or alternatives to the language spoken.

Reality, the same as truth, is realized using language, then the language merges not only one concept of thought, but also other possibilities.

Ferdinand de Sassure echoed Wittgenstein’s comments, he stated that language is a storage house for words and phrases, in practice.

Meanwhile, if a language is no longer in the form of words and phrases, in this case it has developed into a complete unit that gives birth to meaning, namely sentences.

So in this case a sentence is a form of result of free and creative activity.

Metaphor is closely related to the free and creative use of language. This is a new power in language that lulls humans, such as poetry, prose and other literary works.

Metaphor, a linguistic characteristic which apparently is not only a great strength for language but can also be a deadly tool for language itself.

Language Problem

Language does not fully reveal reality or truth. On the contrary, he actually gave birth to many ‘possibilities’ or ‘other alternatives’ in his delivery.

It can be revealed that the language has at least some shortcomings:

a. Experience Collapse

Reality is the broadest human experience and because it is so vast that language is seen as unable to explain it completely without the help of natural human adjustments.

b. Generalization of Concepts

It is in the nature of language to give birth to concepts. However, here, it means that through language we also look for similarities, both general aspects, association principles, and analogies that enrich language.

A reality can give birth to many new terms. However, on the one hand, the terms refer to a reality that (appears) to be increasingly narrow.

A language through terms can believe in a narrow reality, not the opposite.


To overcome various human thoughts and paradigms requires power through elements, both cognitive and creative. So that in the process it can be summarized as a single piece of information, a complete form without missing out or being based on imagination.***