Use Your Illusion is an album by Guns and Roses. The album is great and the cover is pretty awesome but I think I would like to talk about the title of the album. Use Your Illusion. (What I’m about to say has nothing to do with the interpretation of this particular album, just the title) (no offense, Guns and Roses is a fabulous band, I am a vet big fan)
When I first saw this title, they first thing that came to my mind was “use your imagination!”. We have been told this by teachers, adults, caretakers all throughout our childhood. When we were stuck on a writing assignment or bored with nothing to do. Always use our “imagination” to solve our own problems. Ahhhh, but the twist. What is the illusion. What’s the difference between imagination and illusion?
Imagination- the faculty or action of forming new ideas, or images or concepts of external objects not present to the senses.
Illusion- a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.
Imagination is not present to our sense while illusion is merely perceived by our senses. Could our imagination simply be an illusion? Or our illusion be imagination?
Surely, when we use imagination as children, we think of dragons and princess in far away lands. But this is all an illusion. Children pretend. Adults pretend.
Below is the album cover for Use Your Illusion