What an astonishing video this is!
Its uncomplicated, emotive — and true! — message, which brings a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye: society oppresses the spark of creativity; for we exist submissive to that which we are inculcated to regard as our “responsibilities;” those things which are wonted of us: work, school, religion, norms, mores, etc.
We gaze not forward; however, back, and regard what we are instructed to honour with a disproportionate deference.
“The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius.”
“…if the man create not…cinders and smoke there may be; but, not yet flame.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar
“It seemed strange that the people should come to church. It seemed as if their houses were very unentertaining, that they should prefer this thoughtless clamor. It shows that there is a commanding attraction in the moral sentiment that can lend a faint tint of light to dulness and ignorance, coming in its name and place.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Divinity School Address
And here, this ingeniously compelling video; I admonished Gethyn if he does not weep tears of sadness then joy, he is not human.
Open yourself. Receive inspiration. Create.
I can’t tell you how my heart fluttered after viewing this short film filled with great symbolism along with shedding a couple of tears. Everyday I work with students that can’t conform to the traditional setting of school. No matter how hard they try for one reason or another. Trying to convince them that they are intelligent is quite a challenge. I have seen great art work, heard great musical compositions. read many stories that students have created that there is no doubt that their intelligence is far beyond average-genius level. However, I get responses such as “Are you kidding Miss? I don’t even know my multiplication tables.” I then try to explain that whatever method they want to use to learn them is quite alright. Unfortunately, there will come a day that they will go out into the work force and it will try to force them to conform also. If they don’t learn or produce the way the organization wants them to, they will be deemed as someone with a very low IQ that perhaps would not be an asset. Yet, with their creativity, they could be the CEO. Educators all over the world cringe when the government decides to cut back and not fund the arts.We need creative people in all walks of life. What would it be like if we couldn’t listen to our favorite song, gaze at a beautiful painting, or read a great book? Our world would be grey… Thank you for this. It was a gentle reminder of the important things in life. You are so inspirational!! xxx
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Your comment is so lovely and thoughtful. Interestingly enough, Gethyn corrected me (the Scientist in him was passionate) and posited that it was short sighted of me to apply the concept creativity to the arts alone; then, along comes the amazing Ms Giglio and ably puts forward that creativity that can be adapted to solve scientific or mathematical questions. Brilliant. Just brilliant xxx