Monday, August 24, 2009
Can We Really All Be Creative?
I woke up this morning with this very question in my head. My eyes weren't even open yet!
There are all these people out there "life coaching," and "soul coaching," and leading workshops about dreams and creativity and following your heart, and well...what the heck?
Can ALL of us really stay at home and paint pretty pictures for a living!? Or write poems or write books or be creativity gurus!?
This had me quite distressed and I wasn't even dressed.
And then it hit me: I am the product of the industrial revolution. We can pretty much thank Henry Ford for the mess we're in -- turning humans into cogs as he did.
Immediately, I realized how utterly important buying handmade is.
Imagine. The way we live now? This is a very small portion of human history -- this cog life. This waking to an alarm, getting into a car, streaming like ants to jobs that we hate, that no longer challenge us or make us feel alive.
We are so bored that we mistake material gain with happiness.
We are so bored with ourselves that we seek momentary relief by buying stuff. Then we go back to work at jobs we hate, so we can have the momentary relief yet again.
We go on vacations rather than living lives that are invigorating every day.
But imagine again, how it used to be.
Those shoes you're wearing? That dress? That necklace? The cup you pour your espresso in? It was all made by a person, and very likely, it was made by a person with whom you have developed a relationship.
Humans were not built for this life we live. We were truly built to be creative. Now we have dangerously and detrimentally limited the idea of creative to artists.
We often speak of the planetary destruction of the industrial revolution but take a moment to really contemplate what it has done to the human spirit.
If you are interested in topics like this, I highly recommend the book, The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood for Our Time, by Matthew Fox.
He outlines what has happened to us and ways we could fix this.
He also shows how this all leads to boredom and how boredom leads to violence.
Being bored, not being creative, makes humans angry. As it should.
(Photo & Text Copyright: Christine C. Reed, blisschick.net, 2009)