I came across this 20 minute talk by Sir Ken Robinson a few months ago, and it’s both challenging and inspirational:
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So we let creativity slip and we become less and less creative (or at least we marginalize it) as we become adults, that is, as we become “serious people.” But creativity is not just for the art and literature majors of the world. All professions increasingly require more and more infusions of creative talent. And the real irony is that our true nature is to be creative — it is who we are — yet we are often quite successful at educating ourselves and others out of it
This is a lot to this discussion, actually. Some would argue that it is in the best interest of the dominant power structure to discourage creativity, as ‘thinking outside the box’ is a potential threat to the social order. That’s oversimplistic, of course, but never underestimate what people will do to acquire and retain money and power.
On a basic level, it’s a reminder to me that we do take life too seriously at times and that we greatly undervalue creativity and imagination. The more challenging question is this: Do churches kill creativity?