The Power of Imagination

I just can’t seem to let this go. Oh, I admit that in all 3 cases (Mr. Potato Head, Pepe LePew, and Dr. Seuss) the decisions were made without any direct outside pressure, by the people entitled and empowered to make those decisions. No laws were broken. I can’t go screaming “censorship!” even though the thought is lurking, just below the surface. And I don’t really care that much about Mr. Potato Head, and wasn’t even planning on seeing Space Jam II. My kids are past that age and we also never saw Space Jam 1.
But Dr. Seuss is important to me and the thing that horrifies me about this whole conversation is that so many people glibly refer to “To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street,” “McElligott’s Pool,” “If I Ran the Circus,” “Scrambled Eggs Super,” and “On Beyond Zebra” as books “nobody had heard of anyway.” If you have never read those books, or had them read to you, your childhood was lesser than mine. You apparently missed a major cultural component of our times and I urge you now to go to the Internet, where they still exist as PDF files, and read them. They are works of pure genius, odes to human imagination and a belief in unlimited possibilities. I recommend them for children of all ethnicities.
Imagination, and a belief in unlimited possibilities, are characteristics the human race badly needs if we expect to survive into any kind of a future that’s worth living in.

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