After a week of fast track travelling, attending farm-house weddings and eating so late that breakfast was literally round the corner, I touched down in snowy UK on Wednesday 8th Feb. India has changed, India hasn’t changed, if you know what I mean, but I will leave that conversation for my next post, which is more my narrative on my experience. For now, please enjoy some snippets I captured via my camera during my short week in India.
Before I embark on what The Theory of Responsibility is, here’s the definition around the term “responsibility”.
On a social aspect:
1. The state, quality, or fact of being responsible.
2. Something for which one is responsible; a duty, obligation, or burden.
On a business aspect:
A duty or obligation to satisfactorily perform or complete a task (assigned by someone, or created by one’s own promise or circumstances) that one must fulfil, and which has a consequent penalty for failure.
OK, so it’s safe to assume that responsibility is something to do with the fulfilment of something either given to you, or something you have taken on, to a certain point.
So, what’s my theory you ask?
Where Theory of Responsibility is R
Where Creativity is C
So in words – More Responsibility = less creativity
Mathematicians across the globe will probably throw their hands up in laughter at my feeble attempt to encapsulate my theory as a sum, but the (-) signifies creativity decreasing as responsibility increases.
There’s a famous saying, the more responsibility you have the better a person you are. OK, so in terms of being a more experienced human being, this may well be the case. However, the way I view this, the more responsibility you have the less creative you become.
Where is Creativity born out of? To be creative you need to be imaginative! To be imaginative you need to have the freedom to think! To have the freedom to think, you need to have less on your mind for that space to exist.
Today, we are shaping the next generation of children to be more responsible much sooner than what we were, however, the danger is that we may end up taking away their ability to be creative because they simply don’t have the freedom to think in this way. I am not saying we educate the next generation to be any less responsible but that we tread carefully not to harm their ability to be creative. Let’s delay the point at which they need to be pushed out to the big bad world to fend for themselves, let them stride across countryside, take adventurous walks, spend hours looking for motivation and a reason to be creative.
If we fill their minds with things they have to do, when will they get the time to do the things they want to do?
It happened to me again today, my phone rang, I couldn’t get to it in time and when I checked, number unknown, no voicemail. It’s the 4th call of its kind I have missed in the past 2 weeks.
Experience tells me it’s probably some sales call, but what if it’s opportunity knocking on my door and I keep missing it? What if it’s luck and money wanting to speak to me and I keep missing them? What if it’s the Big person up there, wanting to tell me to keep focused, to advise me and I keep missing Him?
Some food for thought!
In the space of 1 week, I managed to travel forward in time to see the impact of something that happened in the past, and to see how something that is happening now, may end up being the future. Confused? I bet!
I was having a bit of a clear out and came across a scrap piece of paper with the following on it, which I had typed up some years back. I am not going to take any credit for this, as it’s something I found on the internet back in my University days, when only a handful of people had personal pages, or blogs as we call them today.
Running around like “headless chickens” and having no real notion of time in our lives, where is this all going? Why don’t we all stop for 5 mins and take a pause….
I hope you like this as much as I did, for some reason this shred of paper has stuck around with me. So, whoever you are, Thanks for writing this. Continue reading