Feel-good love letter to libraries from the New Quarterly (via Utne). Take your mobile device to a library before reading, please.
- March 11, 2012
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Are creative geniuses lone innovators, like Steve Jobs (and Woz) working away in a (probably beautiful, minimalist) garage, or teams of brilliant, uber-funded brainstorming scientists, like those working on the Manhattan project? The answer, Frog’s Fabio Sergio says, is that we’re asking the wrong question. One question is: what does one want to accomplish? There are plenty of geniuses, bringing innovations to the world, who appear to be islands, but who really swim in a sea of support (read: Jobs). What really makes a person creative is, they are able to “see opposites and apparently contradicting goals not just as a potential for dissonance, but as an opportunity for dynamic harmony.” Similar to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s definition of genius.
Creativity holds opposites at once, and makes something new and amazing. And, coincidentally, that’s what life is all about.
Witness the cosmos, if you dare. It’s nothing but an interstellar bar fight: galaxies colliding, suns exploding. It’s a really bad day today, somewhere in the universe, on a scale Roland Emmerich can only dream of. But what comes of all this “dissonance,” or, as I like to call it “a billion planets we don’t know about being pureed at random”? Why, unfathomable creativity, of course!