This idea of some people being creative and others are not is a lie. One of the biggest lies we’ve let ourselves believe.
The lie was told to create compliant, controlled workers for industry. Creativity is too unexpected, too wild. It’s uncontrollable.
If you want to have cogs in a wheel, connected to a bigger wheel, connected to a corporate machine, you need compliance. So, we were told that if we follow these rules, did this pre-described formula, we will be rewarded with stability, a paycheck, and status.
The lie worked to build up the industrial complex, but who was it for? What was it for? The deal worked for the last 50 years but the facade is now cracking.
The financial crisis in 2008 showed nothing is forever stable, not even rising housing prices.
Most paychecks have been stagnant for decades, rising only for the few.
The need for status has created a culture of scarcity where we never have enough, and are obsessed with what’s in it for us rather than what can we give to others.
If we can take a step back and reframe what’s happening in the world, we start to see a very different possibility for the future. We see how much work there needs to be done, and realize no one else is doing it.
No one is doing it because it’s your unique contribution that we need. But you can’t contribute if you are hiding within the gears of a machine.
The only thing in the way of us being compliant or creative is a choice. Choosing to begin and creating towards a world that doesn’t exist yet but is possible. We make a contribution, a wholly original and generous contribution to those who need it most.
And suddenly, we open our eyes and we’ve become creative. Yes, it’s scary. But it needs to be done.
We need you to do it.