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Imagine a world where those little ones who can never be still in class, who wonder off to daydream about aliens moving from one planet to the other, were granted the opportunity at a young age to create a world beyond their and other’s expectations!

Some of these creative geniuses are unwilling to abide by conventional ways of thinking and doing things and in doing so, they risk being treated differently, being labelled, they risk failure and uncertainty in a society that still constitutes the notions of what is true and what is possible.

In the process these little ones might be convinced that there is something fundamentally wrong with them. They will then spend enormous amounts of time or energy trying to prove how able they are – to counter society’s belief that they are somehow “different”. What we tend to forget is that it is precisely this risk that opens up the possibility of true innovation. True innovation like a Leo Tolstoy, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, Mozart and many more.

We are so programmed from early childhood to believe that we need to be better, to try harder, and to discount parts of ourselves of which other parts do not approve. The whole of our culture and education constantly reminds us how we can be more successful, desirable, secure, if we were only to change in some way or the other. There is always a broader social context that constitutes or shapes the stories of our lives, that influences the interpretation and meanings we give to our experiences. We have learned that we need to be different from how we actually are – to “fit society’s profile”. The idea that we simply need to discover and accept who we actually are is contrary to almost everything we have been taught.

The French philosopher Michel Foucault talked about “normalising truth”, about the way that a society is subject to power through “normalising truth”. The discourses in a society thus determine what knowledge is held to be true, right or proper. A discourse of proper A’s and maths, might be an example of the latter.

Imagine if…. we all could get in touch with our true nature – who we actually are – those unique talents.

Imagine if ….what we become one day becomes of equal importance in the face of a society – being a doctor, being an artist…..

Imagine if ….every child in the world can grow up believing in their own true greatness……

We need to be reminded that the secret to creative greatness appears to be doing things differently, even when that means failing. The more ideas creators generate, the greater chance they have to produce a masterpiece…..by stepping into the unknown – time and time again, by countering societies “beliefs” ……..

The Family Corner: Annemien 2016/08/04


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