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Tue 13 May 2003

Not all those who wander are lost

Category : Commentary

I'm reading "The Creative Economy - How People Make Money from Ideas" by John Howkins. Just five pages into the book, I hit upon this paragraph and it expands on the image of the Zen master that I left off the last article.

"The moment of creativity is sometimes accompanied by a sense of heightened consciousness, even an explosion of consciousness. When we are being most creative, we often feel most vividly alive, and more highly focused, even to the extent of becoming less aware of everything else."

Bear with me while I meander through a few other notable quotes from the book. I can make a connection between all these, and technology and innovation on the Mac (I promise).

"Socrates said the unexamined life is not worth living. When Shakespeare's Lear wants to express complete futility, he says 'nothing will come out of nothing'. We admire creative people because they do make 'something from nothing'; and we may fear them for the same reason. When people stop being creative, in an important sense they stop living. As Bob Dylan sings, 'He who's not busy being born, Is busy dying.' The Egyptian lawyer and economist Kamil Idris, who became Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1997, says "It is a simple formula: to live, we must create.' Without creativity, we could not imagine, discover or invent anything. We would not have fire, language or science."

And a final quote from J. R. R. Tolkien, "Not all those who wander are lost."

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