We have the remarkable ability to respond to our imaginations in almost the same way we respond to reality.
We call this the suspension of disbelief and it is the basis of religion, art and science.
We are not born with the ability to suspend our disbelief, rather we learn it in play as children, as the purpose of play is to learn to distinguish between imagination and reality.
However the distinction between imagination and reality is a high level distinction, and some remain at a low level of learning, and so they confuse imagination and reality.
And those who confuse imagination and reality are vulgar. But worse, they are naive and vulgar, and they believe the what they see. And what they see is an impoverished view of life. And far too often they try to force their impoverished view of life onto the rest of us.
This impoverished view of life often takes the form of literalism. The literal interpretation of the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or the Bagavad Gita, or the literal interpretation of art or poetry or even music.
So it is the play of children that gives us religion, art and science but so many of us fail to learn the lesson of play and so we regress to literalism in religion, and in particular we regress to the literalism of Islam and the New Age in astrology or MBTI.
But even children know better, particularly children who are free to play, but children who are abused or controlled, regress.