Creativity is revolutionary
Choosing to make the world a better place
While it might not be as sexy or dramatic as a political protest, choosing to make the world a better place in a day-to-day way is an equally important political act. When you create something that improves someone’s life, you are exercising your power and agency in the world, and that’s just as important as any other form of activism. I'd argue that in some ways it's more important; after all, the world needs creativity to fix problems. When we don't engage in creative activities like making art, building things, and inventing new technologies for solving problems, humanity can't solve its problems properly.
To make the world a better place requires radically changing our systems of energy production and consumption; of food production; of housing production; of economic distribution (in short: capitalism); and so on. To do all this requires radical creativity on an institutional level: we have to imagine new ways to do these things that are more sustainable and just than what we currently have. It takes creativity to look at our current institutions (however flawed they may be) and see where they're failing us, so we can change them for the better. Radical change requires creativity.
Creativity is about looking at the world and not thinking it's good enough, and deciding to make it better.
If you think of yourself as a creative person, chances are you do so because you've asked questions. You've looked at the world and decided it's not good enough. You've decided to make it better.
The thing is, though, this isn't some edict from on high; it's an attitude we can all choose to adopt—and one that's increasingly necessary in order for us to survive as a species.
Everyone is a creative person. It's up to us to cultivate that creativity, to believe we can, so that we can unlock our power to create change.
Creativity can be the rebellion
All the great social movements of history share one thing in common: they started with a creative idea.
If you're interested in making the world a better place, creativity can be an incredible tool to help you get there. Creativity isn't always about art—it can be used as activism, too. Here are some examples of how creativity can be revolutionary:
Creative expression can draw attention to problems that were otherwise being ignored or overlooked.
Creative ideas often require us to think and act differently than we have before, which can lead to new ways of overcoming challenges or solving problems.
Creative acts like art making and protesting rarely work alone; they bring people together into community against injustice and inequality.
Together, we can create a better world. I believe in you.
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