By directing our sentiments, passions, and reason toward the common human plight, imagination grants us the advantages of a moral existence. What we surrender of innocent love of self is exchanged for the safeties and pleasures of belonging to a larger whole. We are born dependent, but only imagination can bind our passions to other human beings.
Louise J. Kaplan
Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).