What is creativity? It’s one of those deceptively simple questions. What does it mean to be creative? Well . . . create is a verb. Creative thinking without execution is not creativity. Also, I personally feel that true creativity results in something useful to others. Something that either solves a problem, entertains, or helps us connect . . .
The key to survival is adaptability, using the tools from multiple situations to improve your own standing on the world. “Survive and take what is offered,” as one of my favorite sci-fi dramas words it.
Adaptability can be difficulty in our modern world because most of the changes that fall upon us are less perceptible in the short-term. Our pre-historic ancestors had to adapt to immediate changes like alterations in the weather, a new predator on the horizon, and a plague-stricken tribe. Today, we deal with more subtle changes like the possibility of a new job, market fluctuations for commodities, and the need to update our personal skill sets. Most people may not place a lot of value on the little decisions made in a day but these little decisions can (unfortunately) add up to a lifetime of regret. Seizing opportunities in youth can help set up decisions for the rest of your life and ensure a meaningful existence as well as commonplace happiness.
I’m not saying that we should stress over every repetitive decision we make in a day like what you have for breakfast one morning or should you drive or ride public transit, excess stress is never productive. I’m simply saying that we should always be reminding ourselves to try new things because it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. Humans are creatures of habit by nature and that can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. To get trapped in a status quo (or an echo chamber) for the sake of security can lead to unfulfillment later in life. Be open to change and actively seek it out.
There is an old metaphor about human potential: if you are a military general leading an army with the goal of conquering an island, the easiest way is to burn your own boats because then there is only one option. It’s amazing what a person can accomplish when there is no way to go back – when there is no way out – when your goals become necessities.
You don’t have to be a “jack of all trades” to be successfull in life. I think it’s much more beneficial if you go all in on your strengths doing work for which you are best equipped naturally. Do not wait to pursue your passions, seize opportunities today.
What is your goal for today – this week – this month – this year?
Albuquerque isn’t a bad place to be (for New Mexico). It’s an urban oasis for city slickers trapped among the eastward migrations from the over-priced west coast, but the city is still a couple decades removed from the millennial generation. I’ve been living in Albuquerque for more than a year now and I still feel like Paul Kemp on his first day in San Juan, Puerto Rico, trying to make sense of a city plagued with vice and optimism while being flooded with hopeless venture capitalists. Two soul-sucking jobs in food service are paying my way through my latter 20’s while I try and force the words in my head into a coherent collection on paper with an intent for monetization. All the while, temptations of the mind are all around me, luring me through their doors with carefully crafted messages promising to take away from the daily despair to a heavenly euphoria. Tension seems to be the only thing driving me to get up in the morning, “the tension between a restless idealism and a sense of impending doom (Hunter S. Thompson, the Rum Diary, 1998).”
As long as I put aside the cash for next month’s rent, I’ll survive this city just long enough to get the hell out.
^ This is what the Democratic Party does, they cheat the populists out of the process by manipulating their primary rules. The Democratic National Committee (D.N.C.) was against Bernie Sanders in 2016 because they were beholden to the Clinton machine and Sanders was the anti-war voice against Hillary Clinton. Now, the D.N.C. is against Tulsi Gabbard because she’s the new populist voice speaking out against the corporate interests who bankroll the Democrats. Changes in debate rules in the middle of the election season, discounting specific polls that don’t favor specific candidates, setting thresholds for fundraising as qualifyers for potential nominations, these are some of the subtle tactics that the dominant political parties (the Republican Party is guilty too) use to maintain power and shut out candidates who value the public over their party. Populists are at an incredible disadvantage because our elections are all about party loyalty and fundraising.
President George Washington warned the American public about party politics, these fucking donkeys and elephants have taken over the nation!
Populists are at an incredible disadvantage because our elections are all about party loyalty and fundraising.
Presumptuousness, pompousness, entitlement, and condescension are among the worst of human qualities. They can be ascribed to an individual like Donald Trump or to a collective of people like American news media. I hate television news because they’ve grown accustomed to viewers taking them at their word. We need to remember that what we refer to as “the media” are still simply people in positions of power or if not power than influence. It’s a different kind of power than the kind which our current president wields but is just as dangerous when corrupted.
Power is an essential element of human sociology. Many of us take it for granted, ignoring the implications of handling power and the consequences of acts of power, which may explain the extravagance we take with power. Perhaps we need to alter the way we think about power and makes changes to how our social organizations handle power. What if we thought of power not as a position toward which to aspire to but as a “force of nature” to be directed in a particular way; an act of god which we use with humility and due diligence.