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An Issue with Authority

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Making Sense 

 

Some would say I have an issue with authority. I would say it depends on how you define ‘issue’.

If you mean that I am not afraid to challenge opinions or question decisions of those deemed as experts or authority figures, then I would agree.

I recently saw my doctor who has known me for years. For some reason I had never told her that I am a vegetarian. When it came up in conversation, she immediately wrote up a requisition for blood tests and held it out to me. I looked at it, then looked at her. “No thank you,” I commented flatly.

This would shock some. “But your doctor told you to get those tests. It’s for your own good. What’s your problem?”

My philosophy is that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I feel fine. I don’t need tests. And besides, I hate needles. I may be wrong and it may be to my detriment, but I gave myself the privilege of choice and determined that I didn’t have to do something just because my doctor told me to. It was a suggestion, not an order.

I also no longer place public figures on a pedestal- if I ever did. Too many CNN scandals have jaded me. Nor do I trust clergy to accurately portray what a man of God should be. Only God in the flesh can do that.

The thing is, I don’t have an issue with my issue. As long as I decline advice respectfully, and express my counter-points intelligently, I am perfectly happy making up my own mind and taking on the consequences. I would rather do that than blindly follow just because ‘Simon says’.

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Exclusivity

“This elegant Briga purse was handmade in Milan. Exquisite work- look at the detail. It’s simply gorgeous.”

She nods politely.

He picks up on her body language.

“We also have- over here, this way now- a one of a kind Fylon Varoon from Paris.” Feigns whisper, “Lady Ferdina gets all her exclusives made for her by Varoon.” Straightens up. “Look at the craftsmanship and stylish contours. Oh, I just love it!”

He studies her face. She doesn’t give away anything- not that she is of less than modest means, or that she is mocking him behind those stealthy eyes. He has no idea that she is undercover, making note of all that is made in China.

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The Matter of Money

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Making Sense 

 

A number of years ago, I spent nearly twelve months living in a Northern Brazilian town. The experience showed me how little I knew about culture, relationships, and point of view on the world.

One thing I was never able to overcome was how people there saw me as a ‘first world’ person. Just when I thought I was building relationships based on equality, my new-found friends would remind me that I was from a rich country while they were from a place they saw as far poorer and less organized. It drove me crazy, what difference should that make to our friendship?

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, a society unlike any other. One conversation I had with a young man working in a restaurant made me stop and take notice. We talked of the high level of education Cuban citizens possess, the strong culture and human warmth of the people. And then this gentleman said to me, “None of that is of any value to me when I can’t put enough food on the table to feed my family.” He spoke of the frustration of knowing so much and working so hard, yet not having the opportunity to use his skills to build a career or make enough money to even meet his basic needs.

And now, I look around me at the affluence of our city- the neighbourhoods of McMansions, Lexuses in the driveways, motor homes in storage yards, money thrown away on fancy clothes and extravagant parties, and I simply do not understand money. How is it that those who don’t have it want it, those who have it flaunt it, and those who wish it didn’t matter can never get away from its influence?

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Happiness Is…

I pick up the Hallmark card on the stand in front of me. “Happiness Is…” reads the front. I open the card. “…a puppy peeing in clover.”

Mental note- don’t look to Hallmark for life wisdom.

I carry on looking for a card for my grandparents’ sixtieth anniversary, but the phrase sticks with me, “Happiness Is…”. How would I finish that sentence?  

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Big Vs. Little

Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Making Sense 

 

We live in a complex world with a lot going on. It takes creative thinking to be able to synthesize all that is happening around us in order to make sense of it all.

I’ve noticed a theme repeating itself in several directions I’ve turned lately. It’s the concept of Big vs. Little, David and Goliath, the structural machine vs. the individual.

It popped up in an editorial I read recently about the Wikileaks scandal. The editor remarked that the Big powers that be have been making clandestine decisions behind closed doors while maintaining a completely different public face. Wikileaks is about the Little guys taking back some power from the Big guys and making it known that Little will no longer be pushed around and is now a force to be reckoned with.

This same theme is showing itself in the competition between Apps- big companies limiting options, and the world-wide web- a truly democratic shmorgishborg where Little can participate on equal ground with Big.

It is interesting that Big vs. Little can also unfold when Little tries to act Big.  Whenever little people decide that they are bigger than the rest, they destroy any hope of true togetherness.

What is it about human nature that compels us to put ourselves above others, to grab for more power than we need? It is a futile quest we must relinquish, humbly acknowledging that we are really all only Little. And there is honor in that.   

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Stealing a Moment

I’m staring out the window watching the clouds. They hang, suspended in the expanse of blue extending endlessly. The world falls silent, I float. The air is still. Time stops. 

A deep breath. 

And then, the clouds start to move and I must return to the dishes I was washing, letting the clouds pass by.     

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