To get the update out of the way, ROW80 continues to go well for me. I’m getting back into my social media stuff, and I’ve been working in the Talent Chronicles universe and getting stuff done. School started today, so after I get done staring at the wall far at least a day, I hope to embrace the new schedule and get more done than ever. But that’s not really what I want to talk about.
Here’s something that’s been rolling around in my head lately and writing here was inspired by a bit of this post by Jami Gold. She was musing on a post by Kristen Lamb in which Kristen mused: Are we born to create?
I think the default setting for humans is to assume that other people are like us. This is the basis for much misunderstanding in the world because we relate to others based on our own experience, an experience which they don’t share. And this leads to wrong thoughts about the motivations others, misunderstanding their actions or what they say, all kinds of things, because we’re not objective. We don’t automatically see all possible sides or points of view. We view the world and others from our own perspectives.
One notion I’ve had is that humans are creative. Besides that humans are fantastically capable of wondrous acts of creation, I’ve thought that everyone has a creative drive. I mean, why wouldn’t I think that? I’m surrounded by creative people all the time who share my need to make something out what seems like nothing. (As I try to write this, my daughter is creating a space opera with Roo and Buzz Lighthorse.)
Opposites may attract, but like also finds like. We dig those people who mirror us in some way, who give us a yes! to something inside us that means something to us.
So here I am, bopping through life, not giving much thought to the fact that I really believe that everyone wants to make stuff. And if you say you’re not creative, I just figure you haven’t found an outlet yet. Or you are creating and you don’t even realize it. Or something. Because everyone wants to create. Everyone needs to. Everyone I know. So it must be true.
So I read something recently that Holly Lisle wrote. I think it must have been in her motivation course. It was something about the way she tries to give back and how she felt like she needed give what she had, make it accessible to everyone. And then she realized that not everyone wants it. Not everyone wants to create. Some people go through life perfectly content to use what others have created.
“Really? You don’t know this?”
Now my husband is one of those people who will tell you he’s not creative. But he builds things for a living. And in everything’s he’s ever done there’s a thought process of putting things together and creating solutions whether he’s working on troubleshooting software issues or designing a staircase to fit a certain space, budget, and building code.
And then I start to wonder what happens between now and when Star Trek happens? I mean, when we reach that point in society where our basic needs are seen to by technology and we’re all free to be creative and go out and explore and shit, what are all those people who don’t have those drives going to do with themselves?
This seems like a serious problem, but my husband’s convinced they’ll all be happy to occupy themselves on Facebook all day.