There is . . . a dark side to creativity, in that it represents a "quest for a radical autonomy apart from the constraints of social responsibility". In other words, by encouraging creativity we are encouraging a departure from society's existing norms and values. Expectation of conformity runs contrary to the spirit of creativity. Sir Ken Robinson argues that the current education system is "educating people out of their creativity".I've seen Sir Ken on TED talks - he quite convinced me, since I could easily make a case that I had the most creativity-discouraging childhood well, probably not ever, probably not in America . . . and probably almost everyone born in 1942 had much that kind of schooling and home. Still, it was harsh. Sad.
from Wikipedia on the subject
But let's not go there. The fun thing is to think about how being creative is radical, is a form of manning the barricades. Odd example came to me just now. I couldn't possibly find the pictures, which are on film in a big box with many other slides and photos, sigh . . . but I had just gotten a new little car, and must have also been in the throes of discovering photography. For when I left work I got intrigued by the way the snow was piled on the door handle, and began taking pictures of it. Later my boss and coworker told me they were watching me from the second-story window and laughing. They couldn't even imagine. So seeing this somewhat creative act (it wasn't a photo of the family reunion) they saw definite nonconformity. Their approach was not untypical - they called it crazy and laughed at it. Not real threatening crazy, but threatening enough to make a point of laughing at it and demeaning me, which would be called "putting you down" as if it is just words, just jokes, and doesn't hurt.
Do you like to be laughed at?
You know what, though? I think there is not one single person who reads this blog or ever would stumble on this post who does things like that.
You'll be glad to know that not long after that I walked out on that job, though over something worse. Yes, sexual harassment is worse. But in the same ballpark.
And here's a recent creative photo. There was more to the sign about no fishing or wading, but this view caught my fancy.