Innovation, Personal Aesthetics and Populism

You cannot be protected from the things that frighten you and hurt you, but if you identify with the part of your being that is responsible for transformation, then you are always the equal or more than the equal of the things that frighten you. — Jordan B. Peterson

Why is it important to understand that innovation and personal development of an individual are both collectively and solely influenced and manifested with time? The fact is that even if social problems and their various dimensions might influence our very existence, it is anyways our responsibility anyways to let that creativity and curiosity blossom. If you take a simple assumption that whatever we perceive through our stimulus is the reality we live in, then we are in a scene of our life, perceived. I may say that life itself is not so human-like as we always assume, but I would keep that nasty assumption out. so that we also understand why being creative and curious is not just a right, but a very interesting responsibility.

In general, in our globalist folklore, we embrace creativity, scientific innovation among people who look upon institutions like the UN, the EU and others. Think-tanks and NGOs, and even governments endorse the freedom of creativity and innovation. If you go to Scandinavian countries, you will find that they are well-fed with this and are doing better than other countries, because of many reasons, financial and social to be very specific. Even in India, governments have adopted innovative approaches to encourage people to come out of their comfort zones and do great. This is an appreciated notion, but every attribute of creativity + curiosity comes at a cost. This cost is not just monetary, but laborious when it comes to keeping ourselves committed to that skill and curiosity we earn and own through our self-evolution, self-realization and growth with time. I am an Entrepreneur, but I am free to enumerate that I sing in various languages including English, Japanese, Russian, French and Hindi, write poems and plays, research on issues of International Law and Artificial Intelligence, and am a strategist on issues related to personal motivation, populism and macro-level leadership. I do not boast my skills and the journey I have had in these years, not just because I am young & 20 — but only because our humility is indeed important for us to realize what we seek and find (Cerca Trova). Our humility, therefore, guides us to own who we really are. It is hard and is not a nightmare. Neither is it that we just revolve around in a world of supposition to get a ticket of triumph. Thus, instead of supposing and defining what success and failures really are, we must understand that we, ourselves, develop the very way of our ambitions, strengths and weaknesses accordingly.

Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.

— Bruce Garrabrandt

Does Populism destroy Innovation and Creativity? Nope.

Now, why is it important to declutter and simplify how Creativity and Curiosity work for us? In these desperate times, when identity politics has become too religiously extroverted, which according to Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s political strategist — is “healthy” as in his interview with Ian Bremmer at GZERO Media, it may be similar in trends in many countries, like the UK, India, some EU countries and even Australia. However, populism and identity politics thrive on 2 key things only, which many real and so-called experts do fail to explain. And what are they? Well, let us see -

  • Communication
  • Redemption

I have discussed redemption and its relationship with populism so often in my previous articles that I would avoid doing the same in this article. Only the two above are vector quantities that can change the way populism works, kill it, and even reproduce it with time. It is like climate change: something which happens but we feel it as if it’s the very first time. Now, narratives are shared that populism and authoritarianism is anti-innovation and anti-creativity. It seems insanely ludicrous, but untrue. The reason is quite simple.

What is the sole dimension of populism that owns it? Only Politics.

It is by the mortal virtue of politics that various ideological movements swim and sink in the river of time. I am being Machiavellian but Vincian too, so as to keep the balance. Do you think Issac Newton’s Principia Mathematica could have got recognition so easily? If you do, I am sorry. That was not the reality. The Christian Church, which was obviously the proponent of a different concept of physics and astronomy, was not in favour of the Newtonian discovery. Same was with Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was also denied by the Trinity College, London, while Littlewood and Hardy fought for him, and explained why his friendship with numbers is a special affair. He was recognized. But yes, we have unfortunate examples like Nicola Tesla and Anne Frank, who did not get that recognition they deserved. We still have millions of Millenials and old people, who may have been great in their objects, but could not become a ‘Brad Pitt’ or maybe a ‘Virat Kohli’. The reason is — political changes obviously influence our lives, and groups based on a certain identifiable basis, which is real and discernible, would obviously be affected by populism. For example, Jews in the US could be discriminated by some neo-Nazi US citizens and so is with Muslims in European countries. However, with the utmost humility I own and share, being woke is not the real solution against populism.

Learn, read, talk and understand the wave of populism. It may seem like an angry dragon of waves, but maybe from behind, it is just a projection’s mischief that our eyes fail to demystify.

Politics has certain common phrases or personalities regardless of the political system we live in. It may follow liberalism, conservatism, communism and even populism, we may never know. However — claiming that one particular age of political upheaval destroys creativity and innovation is misleading. And I understand why many such narratives are being built because we secularize the responsibility of creativity and innovation as we do (and should secularize the concept of rights).

“In the West, we have been withdrawing from our tradition-, religion- and even nation-centred cultures, partly to decrease the danger of group conflict. But we are increasingly falling prey to the desperation of meaninglessness, and that is no improvement at all.”
Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Secularization and generalization of responsibilities however only works when there is an issue of public interest or anyways, the state has some jurisdictional concern in the matter. Now, irrespective of the question of whether a state is secular or not, actions committed by a state and its agencies are secular, only by the virtue of activity, and not by interpretation, speculation or basis. It is like when you go to an Airport, and take your boarding pass, experience the flight, none of the operatives involved in the flight process is orthodox by nature, because they are practical secular acts. However, in the name of redemption, we often, by the selection of haste and hysteria, assume that there is no hope in a divided political atmosphere. But I have an interesting side to show you.

Now, in the times of COVID19, people are bound to adopt social distancing and quarantining in order to save themselves from viral infections. In these vague and stupid times, celebrities are sharing their stories and lives with common people using social media. Their intent may be anything, but yes, we relent to look at them and feel quite relaxed. It is similar to the case of why broadcasting Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayana at DD National in India is a soothing affair because you would feel something in this show something pure and simple that relaxes your anxious mind for a while. A culture of art and music & I must add curiosity with the urge to love creativity makes people live and society prosper. Unless we have that sense to calm down political developments, we cannot make the social atmosphere healthier. Same happens on Social Media.

If we assume people=ideologies=identity, then in the rage against identity, we catch up ourselves with the flawed equivalent, the people. And this is not exclusively majoritarian by action. Claimants of minority identity of any kind can also do the same, whether of any nature.

However, it is also an interesting question if it could be: how would we declutter our life? It is so simple. Do not assume everything by heart and even by your veins true. Consider it as a building and the trash can you can acknowledge and not ignore in the suburbs of time that you seek and find in this special life you’ve got. Just own it!

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