The link between boredom and creativity

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Boredom drives creativity for no other teams on that your mind needs something to latch onto in idle times.

When you’re bored, anything goes. Ambiguity and hyperbole are the name of the game. Your mind loves the failed tests at reality, aka the imagination.

Sometimes people are too corrupted by reality and everydayness. To perceive something that doesn’t even exist is a bicep curl for the innovative brain.

So try this: take a seat, put the phone down, and do nothing. You’ll have no choice but to think outlandish thoughts to keep yourself entertained.

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‘Even with an entire dictionary in one’s head, one eventually comes to the end of words’

“Every sentence is a wispy net, capturing a few flecks of meaning. The sun shines without vocabulary. The salmon has no name for the urge that drives it upstream. The newborn groping for the nipple knows hunger long before it knows a single word. Even with an entire dictionary in one's head, one eventually comes to the end of words. Then what? Then drink deep like the baby, swim like the salmon, burn like any brief star.”

Scott Russell Sanders, Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World

Paper for permanency

Everything we post online gets sucked into the web somewhere. The mere thought that our words, images, and videos are living on some server in Indiana or India is interesting yet frightening. #gif #amwriting #tech
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Everything we post online gets sucked into the web somewhere. The mere thought that our words, images, and videos are living on some server in Indiana or India is interesting yet frightening.

The cloud stores our content just as loosely as we own a Kindle book. While we get to enjoy the ease and ubiquity of the infinite digital file, it can also go defunct in a moment’s notice with the flip of the switch.

On the other hand, everything can start and end on paper. It’s more durable than bytes, having passed on ideas and notes for centuries. Paper is inexhaustible.

The evolution of data changes ledgers from one minute to the next. Notebooks can be stagnant things, and within them more permanently owned memories.

Art as psychoanalysis

Salvador Dalí’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ (1937) is a nod to his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the originator of the Narcissism Theory.  Dali told Freud that it was "the first painting obtained entirely through the integral application of the paranoid-critical method.” #art

Salvador Dalí’s ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ (1937) is a nod to his relationship with Sigmund Freud, the originator of the Narcissism Theory. Dali told Freud that it was “the first painting obtained entirely through the integral application of the paranoid-critical method.” Meanwhile, Freud read more about archaeology than psychology with a keen interest in sculpture. The synthesis between art and psychoanalysis will forever be linked.

Read Analyse this: Freud, Dalí and the Surrealists

Placebos: the lies we make true

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What the mind believes, the body can achieve. Look no further than a placebo who’s sole power is in its real effects.

If it’s broken, only then do you fix it. But placebos work just as an app’s colors dupe the brain into submission. The slightest taste of sugar helps the medicine go down.

The placebo is cleverer than any of us. It works for no other reason than the belief that it’s supposed to. We are skilled storytellers, especially when we’re full of shit.

Prescribing a walk in nature

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Get yourself a prescription to nature. It'll improve your mental and physical health. That's according to doctors in Scotland who are recommending that people in the Shetland Islands get outside.

The program outlines a recommended outside activity per month. For instance, in January you can create a windsock to grasp the full power of the wind. In March, one can “borrow a dog and take it for a walk.”

We belong in the wild, unmoored from the tyranny of our seats. When we disconnect and move outside, we connect with terra firma and reconnect with ourselves. Take your body and thoughts for a walk.  

‘The enemy is our chattering brain’

Don’t prepare. Begin. Remember, our enemy is not lack of preparation; it’s not the difficulty of the project or the state of the marketplace or the emptiness of our bank account. The enemy is Resistance. The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can’t/shouldn’t/won’t do what we know we need to do. Start before you’re ready. Good things happen when we start before we’re ready. For one thing, we show huevos. Our blood heats up. Courage begets more courage.

Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

Aiming for the start

Always preparing, practicing, aiming, but never actually doing. Tackling heaps of emails instead of taking on tiny productive actions that drip toward your long-term goal. 

The heart to start and the mechanics of a working process are not something you learn in school. Habits may be copped from others but discipline is self-taught. 

All hard work requires head-work, figuring out not only what's the most important to spend your time one but also what to ignore. It's all about continuity from there on out.

Integrative thinking, a definition

The ability to face constructively the tension of opposing ideas and, instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, generate a creative resolution of the tension in the form of a new idea that contains elements of the opposing ideas but is superior to each.

Roger L. Martin, The Opposable Mind

Life means spontaneity

Life means spontaneity, unplanned and devoid of goals. It doesn’t need a teaser to get it moving. Chance is still the superior option. #gif #life
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The needs of the day always try to get in the way of impulse. Unpredictability liberates us from the trap of everydayness.

Life means spontaneity, unplanned and devoid of goals. It doesn’t need a teaser to get us moving. Excitement about chance is still the superior option.

The present is perpetually amplified. Aliveness dies quickly at the hamster wheel of unnecessary action and attention. Learn to live and let go.

Craving light

Never bored, always on, perpetually entertained. That describes the 21st-century in a nutshell. #gif #tech

Never bored, always on, perpetually entertained. That describes the 21st-century in a nutshell.

We medicate all our boredom, stresses, and frustrations to external stimuli on a tiny screen. All an Instagram like does is produce a temporary shot of dopamine. All Facebook does is serve our voyeuristic inclinations and spike envy. Does this behavior sound healthy to you?

I'm not imploring you that you throw your phone into the ocean, at least just yet. Having the internet in our pocket is the best thing ever. Just ask David Bowie.

But the long-term consequences of feed-based culture are not only narcissism but also feigned action. One can't start an important and impactful revolution through a sedentary nor solitary lifestyle. We have to use our legs to go places, to stretch our perspective, and unplug ourselves from the tyranny of virtual attention.

If you are immune to boredom there is nothing you cannot accomplish.

David Foster Wallace

Humans crave light, albeit more artificial these days. If we could just pay attention to real life beyond the rectangular glow and stare into sunsets and bright moons instead, perhaps we'd feel even more connected to our conscious selves.

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Meet the shoe-billed stork

Talk about a badass beak. This shoe-billed stork lives primarily in swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The bill itself takes 1.5 months from hatching to fully develop. But some think it's the most frightening bird on the planet, as chicks are known to fight each other off to the death with even Mom picking favorites. The five-foot birds are also known to take on crocodiles without any hesitation.  #nature #birds #photography #art

Talk about a badass beak. This shoe-billed stork lives primarily in swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The bill itself takes 1.5 months from hatching to fully develop into its slipper-like shape. But some think it's the most frightening bird on the planet, as chicks are known to fight each other off to the death with even Mom picking favorites. The five-foot birds are also known to be patient hunters that rip their prey apart, including crocodiles.

Play by keeping score

The same goes for failure — it’s a motivator in disguise, telling us to make improvement more present. #gif #life #motivation
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Disorder creates progress. It is within the mess we find out what needs to be cleaned up and what needs to be improved.

The same goes for failure — it’s a motivator in disguise, telling us to make improvement more present.

Unlike sand, problems never escape counting. They are easy to keep tabs on as the things we know we need to do but procrastinate and put off. The resistance usually wins.

But chasing ideals make one happy. In facing our difficulties, challenges, and vices while dreaming big, we do more than just try, we participate in the struggle.

Any positive exertion coupled with sticktuitiveness is a passport to inner-freedom.

A dent in free will

The frustrater reveals its entire hand but still can’t be resolved. Because even when it tells all, its outcome is predictably unpredictable. #gif #philosophy
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The frustrator reveals its entire hand but still can’t be resolved. Because even when it tells all, its outcome is predictably unpredictable.

There is no such thing as chance, with most things in life predetermined at the outset of infancy. Free will, liberating in theory, presents its own constraints.

We are living in simulation, with even our slightest tweets pre-populated.

The sound of the future

First came the radio, then television, and now the pocket-sized smartphone. Each iteration seemed to enhance our addiction to glow. #gif
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We used to drive horses, then cabs, and now Uber. Ideas, hardly new, get retranslated to match the demands of modern times.

First came the radio, then television, and now the pocket-sized smartphone. Each iteration seemed to enhance our addiction to glow.

From snail mail to email, to instant messaging — this time is different they say, confusing progress with advancement.