RSA Animate

A Paradoxical World

"Nowadays we live in a world that is paradoxical. We pursue happiness and it leads to resentment and it leads to unhappiness. And it leads, in fact, to an explosion of mental illness. We pursue freedom, but we now live in a world which is more monitored by closed-circuit TV cameras and our daily lives are more subjected to what de Tocqueville called "a network of small, complicated rules that cover the surface of life and strangle freedom." More information. We have it in spades, but we get less and less able to use it to understand, to be wise. There's a paradoxical relationship between adversity and fulfilment, between restraint and freedom, between the knowledge of the parts and wisdom about the whole."

~ Iain McGilchrist

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We All Have the Capacity

“Kids will take a chance and if they don’t know they’ll have a go. Am I right? They’re not frightened of being wrong. Now I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know is if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original. By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong. And we run our companies this way. We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities. Picasso once said that ‘All children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.’ I believe this passionately. We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.”

~ Ken Robinson

“This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.”