The Need for Personal Creativity

In the July-August edition of the Smithsonian Magazine, there is an article on “40 Things You Need To Know About The Next 40 Years. In the grouping of things under “arts and culture” is an article by Carl Hiaasen called “Slipping Backward.” As a Miami Herald Columnist he has authored over a dozen satirical novels populated, as he says,  “ by venal real estate developers, crooked politicians, environmental zealots, dead tourists, ambitious strippers and numbskull lowlifes. He makes the point that now America is becoming more like South Florida every day, which is terrifying.  You might think it to be gallows humor but his speech before audiences is entitled the “The Case Against Intelligent Design,” not from a zealous religious belief, but from what he is witnessing daily. He says that we appear to be de-evolving, that we are moving backwards on the evolutionary scale.

He says that if you picked up the headlines from the five largest newspapers in Florida every day you could make the very solid case that the species was slipping back into the primal ooze and that it has not been elevated by much of what’s happened in the last 40 or 50 years. For example he feels the recent Supreme Court decision to allow corporations to pour as much money into political advertising as they want is toxic to the whole democratic process. I agree. Having been in advertising and handled campaigns for gubernatorial candidates, I was well aware of the power of advertising. You could say for example, that the human organism seems to equate volume with health: that is the more a candidate dominates the airwaves, the more we at some gut  level  seem to convert that into a feeling of security and well being, ie. if they can speak that loud and long they must be healthy, so lets give them our vote.

The best way for social change Hassim points out is public outrage, but people cannot get outraged without rapid access to solid, useful, information-what we used to call journalism.  He implies there is so much garbage being disguised as fact that you might say we are left in a state of perpetual confusion.

The news used to be the same for everyone, but now it is fragmented and predigested along the points of view of political persuasion. The internet has risen providing copious material, but it too is difficult, with the regard to the veracity backing up one’s point of view.

My take is that with data hurling towards us moment by moment at accelerating volume and warp speed we need, more than ever, a useful filter as well as  maps of the new landscape. If you are a young person growing up in this environment,  gaining the right tools and perspective is the number one challenge.

We know that our unconscious mind is huge, and how and what it is connected to seems to hold the key to navigating this ever complex environment.  We will have to become more creative in new ways. Learning: how to trust one’s intuition, how to use synchronicities as guides, and what questions to ask are all tools we will need to rely on more and more.

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