Magazine article Arts & Activities

Invention and Creativity

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Invention and Creativity

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Each of us is born into the world at a particular time, in a particular place. How remarkable life can be! Like a seed planted into a specific context, there are certain potentials that are then reconciled, nurtured or repelled in relation to the givens of setting and circumstance.

Seeds have within them predispositions for growth and flowering. Genetic structures provide what can, at once, be seen as potentials as well as limits. Whatever these limits and potentials might be, there are remarkable connections operating in relation to circumstance and environment.

In the chapter on "Interconnectedness" in Wherever You Go, There You Are, 10th Edition (Hachette Books; 2005), Jon Kabat-Zinn comments:

"It seems we know full well from childhood that everything is connected to everything else in certain ways, that for this happens because that happened, that for this to happen, that has to happen" ... "Nothing comes from nothing. Everything has antecedents" ... "these relationships are not always simple and linear. Usually things are embedded in a complex web of finely balanced interconnections. Certainly what we call life, or health, or the biosphere, are all complex systems of interconnections, with no absolute starting point or end."

What might it have been like to have been born in prehistoric times? Can we even conceive of what it was like to crawl into the dark, damp, slippery cave openings to view fire-lit drawings on a cave wall in Lascaux or Altamira? …

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