Leah Stella Stephens talks about Imagination. Creativity. Curiosity and how consumerism has convinced us that we do not need to be and are not imaginative or creative and that we do not have the skills in place to be so. A restricted imagination can lead to lower self-confidence and self-worth. What happens when we neglect these jewels of our minds?
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We turn into sour, numb lunatics.
We morph into agitated mice in boring metal cages and pre-programmed robots incapable of creating dreams. We become walking corpses of shifting anxiety and seek relief in a glass of wine, a snort of coke, a prescription pill, a stranger’s mouth or a high intensity notification from a tiny bright screen.
Who has time or space to hear the barely audible whispers from our long neglected imaginations? Our imaginations are banished during the day, locked in our internal jails, only to fleetingly emerge at night, if we are lucky. I’ve heard many people recently say, “I don’t have dreams.”
How many imaginations have been snuffed out, amputated, severed, scorched, locked up, stomped on, shattered, numbed, ran over, dissolved, disintegrated, transformed to dust or simply ignored?
We’ve become modern mindless consumers who unquestioningly have absorbed the cunning marketers’ messages which were carved out in backrooms and Powerpoint presentations not that long ago. We accept this like blind children. We stopped thinking for ourselves. We stopped thinking of ourselves as creators.
But now that paradigm is being blown wide open. For the first time in human history, each of us has the opportunity to reach the entire world, for free, if we choose to do so. We can create our own airwaves (podcasts), our own channels (YouTube), our own monetized blogs (Steemit.com), our own storefronts, book publishing, apps, ICOs, the list goes on. But many of us are depressed, stressed, unable to focus, distracted, lacking both time and money to commit to the task. Many of us are from a different paradigm. We are from the world of consumerism and we have been programmed to believe that we do not possess the skill, talent, gumption, genius, creativity or the (insert a thousand more attributes here) to carve out our unique path of discovery and imagination. Our imaginations have withered, to the delight of the mass production puppeteers.
Companies and corporations are fairly new inventions. Humans did not evolve from them, and so we must examine them with careful intelligence.
We have forgotten the thousands of years of humans creating things like hair art to remember the dead, recipes for new meals, crops, collages, letters, books, scientific theories, explorations of the sky, jewelry, dances, paintings on the wall, paper cut-outs, paper-making, masks, studies of static electricity and so many numerous, interesting things in life. We have forgotten the gift economy that flourished in tribes.
We need to reinvent what it is to be human. And this reinvention is happening right now in decentralized virtual nations. We need to bring back our imaginations more than ever. The present and future paradigm of becoming a creator demands us to do it.
Here’s what you can do:
- Make a pact with your imagination.
What do I mean? This means you need to first notice it, respect it, bend to its wishes. You have to vigilant. You can’t be lazy. If you have too much shame, work on resolving that first. For example, my imagination usually presents itself to me in the form of an obsession or fantasy. Somewhere along the way, I was taught that obsessions and fantasies are bad. They are not. Let me repeat, OBSESSIONS AND FANTASIES ARE NOT BAD. They are the fascinating, lonely children of your imagination. They are desperately trying to tell you something. Listen to them, follow them, develop them. Then let them go after you have properly nurtured and designed them…..to continue reading, please go to Medium.