THE CULTURE AND ITS DISCONTENTS
MARCH 19, 2008. The rise of this planetary civilization is accompanied by a concentration on minute details, and a growing obsession with observation and empirical evidence.
For some people this is like saying soup should be made with soup---what could be more obvious?
But the creative impulse does not require a scientific approach. In fact, the two methods are quite different in the most important respects.
In fact, at the level of the psyche, we tend to excuse our reluctance to unleash the creative urge by saying: these days it?s all about science and technology.
In case you hadn?t noticed, the remarkable achievements of our own science have put us to sleep.
This is a great lesson, because from that sleep we can realize that waking up involves something else entirely: creative power. Somewhere in all their deliberations and debates, the founders of the American Republic had to know something about this. The individual freedom they were espousing implies individual creation. Otherwise, what is freedom for? Parading around in a circle of self-congratulation forever?
When the great inventor, Nikola Tesla, was silenced by removing his funding, there was a reason beyond the fear that he would use energy to break us out of all prior dependence on the conventional coal and oil monopoly. There was also a fear he would catapult us into a creative era of astounding possibility. Technology itself might be transformed into something much, much wider and more stimulating.
Tesla was, in a sense, bringing the future too quickly. He exemplified the fact that any individual could potentially move out of a state of sleep into creative action. Tesla could initiate a contagion.
Our discontents are all about our own obsession with finding endless substitutes for the creative impulse. Each substitute takes us into a dead end, after which we bring out another distraction, another substitute.
Science and the scientific method came about after centuries of being trapped in religions and spiritual systems that squeezed human beings into forms of mental and physical slavery. But now the pendulum is swinging in the other direction. It can go back into religious fundamentalisms of all kinds, or we can see the daylight of our own making: the infinite spaces of our creative existence.
There is a real choice here, and each one of us can make it.
JON RAPPOPORT www.nomorefakenews.com
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