Learn To Make Trouble Effectively & Become "Rich" (at least as John Waters defines it)
Ironically and appallingly, just last week the US State Department published a report blaming Israel for Palestinian terrorism and claiming that the PLO-led, and US-funded Palestinian Authority doesn’t incite terrorism and violence and hatred.
Henry Miller, one of the great eccentrics and novelists of the 20th century, author of Tropic of Capricorn and Tropic of Cancer, observed that “writing, like life itself, is a journey of discovery. The adventure is a metaphysical one.... he takes the path in order eventually to become the path itself” (178). When we create a painting, a poem, music, sculpture, etc., we go on a journey and the destination is not merely to finish but to discover ourselves along the way. Creativity invites this kind of contemplation, this kind of adventure.
What we create might be vastly different from what we set out to do. This process involves false starts and dead ends, numberless changes, shaping and reshaping, continuous good taste and the harmonizing faculties, the internal editor, and much more. We must allow ourselves immersion in the process like a swimmer in water, and we must keep going forward. Rumi inspires us here:
Work. Keep digging your well... Water is there somewhere.
If we ever falter, or even get blocked, that’s okay too. We may need the time for reflection, to see the way more clearly, to gather new images and ideas, to allow the unknown aspects of the mind to solve the problem. It’s clear that you can fall asleep with a problem and wake up with a solution, or that you can be vexed by a problem for weeks or longer, but then suddenly eureka – the way is clear. So don’t rush creativity. And let it happen without manipulating or puppeting ideas and images. “Trusting our creativity is new behavior for many of us,” Julia Cameron suggests in The Artist’s Way”.
Creativity is not something limited to our childhoods, not something limited to when we have some free time on vacation. We can infuse our lives with a creative way of being. Thomas Moore says that “art is not found only in the painter’s studio or in the halls of a museum, it also has its place in the store, the shop, the factory and the home”. Indeed, we can learn to see from new angles, we can learn to combine ideas and systems in new ways, to make hybrids...