Reading this title gives the feeling immediately that something is wrong with it.
We all know that life is not linear, we just live it as if it were. Some of the experiences occupy bigger space than others in our minds. It’s like Kramer on the Seinfeld comedy show saying – “New Orleans! I spent there a month one night!”
Life is never linear, it is organic, and so is intelligence too.
But in life we accept this myth a lot, settling down, reducing expectations.
Starting with education, which is painfully linear – put all the six year olds together and apply the same teaching scheme. Why we do it is beyond me – they are not the same and never will be. Well, they may be if we apply enough pressure and force them to complete the process successfully. Which means they just quit being curious about the world.
We move them through the schooling system, then as adults they go to work, get promoted or not, then they retire.
It’s like the great song says:
“What I've felt
What I've known
Never shined through in what I've shown
Won't see what might have been”
If the educational system remains you of something, you’re not alone – it’s an industrial assembly line, which is obvious, as the mass education is the product of industrial revolution.
Some people get out of this because of their imagination and creativity.
The difference between these two terms is this – creativity is putting imagination to work.
It’s not really where you start, it’s what inside of you. And if you don’t succeed you do it again, because you create your life, and so you can also re-crate it.
Sadly, we make poor use of our talents. Many people go through their lives without knowing what their talents are, or if they even have any.
These are people who don’t enjoy what they do – they simply wait for the weekend. Then they are people who love what they do and can’t imagine doing anything else. Because it isn’t what they do – it’s who they are.
I am of the opinion that there is less and less space available in our lives to communicate, and I see this as a problem. We have no time to absorb, process and integrate what’s going on. In a society where people are less and less connected to their gut feelings, there is less understanding of the outside world.
How many of us had a strong gut feeling about something, ignored it and then were sorry afterwards? Or the other way around, and this is the real kicker: how many of you had a strong gut feeling, ignored it and were glad afterwards?
I can’t ask for a show of hands, but I know the answer, because its one of the things that go deep with people.
I will quit my rambling now and leave you with a few bits of news on EU integration progress, that are stranger than fiction. I think they’re hilarious really. The Dutch KLM airline wanted to acquire a stake in Air France and the French government called it this “outrageous”.
Some days later president Macron announced that the Italian language will no longer be thought in French schools. You can't make this stuff up.
Tom Kubiak is the author of The Traveler