The Running Boy

British robin singing in Colchester expressing its own creative process.

British robin singing in Colchester expressing its own creative process.

A cave painting dated 13,000 BCE at “The Sanctuary” at Trois-Freres in France depicts an enigmatic and controversial figure called by some “The Sorcerer.”  Incorrectly shown in the image on Wikipedia, this archetype is horizontal rather than vertical, is found at the pinnacle of a cavalcade of beautiful and chaotic animal cave art below it, a creepy yet beautiful representation of multiple animals in the midst of chaotic shapeshifting and transformation.  An error in my opinion is the claim that this image is a human shaman, but to me is a metaphorical representation of nature’s essence, a cauldron of wild change and motion that is observable throughout nature, a spirit representing nature itself.  Humanity, which is part of nature, once a fish, then a monkey, now that which we are, then something else a million years hence.  Nature, a boiling pot of change and motion, never still.

The blogger Renard rather like nature churns out a dozen or more blog posts each day, one which contains a must-see video by Ken Robinson about how the modern education system kills creativity.  Nature is a creative process, and creativity is no different. Put a bunch of children in a room full of toys, sand, water, paint and every other tool a child likes, sit back and watch the creative party unfold as children through play send the room into noisy creative chaos.  Now imagine instead how the modern education system, teachers and care-givers define, control and manipulate the children into a straight jacket of safe, ordered and intellectualised goal-driven activity, how fast that kills creativity.

Science has made breakthroughs in the study of creativity, that it arises when the human mind made to face new situations or does routine activities slightly differently, it will divert brain activity through new neural pathways, thus forming new connections that would not be made in routine regimented activities. From these new neural connections people see new possibilities, the brain comes alive, living, growing and creating.

In Britain people love to create neat gardens, everything pruned, freshly trimmed, set in a manner that would make a general proud.  Such orderly gardens are sterile places of death, the flowers from foreign lands out of harmony with the needs of native insects, some flowers genetically modified to produce no pollen or smell.  No food sources, nesting sites or cover for birds and little animals like hedgehogs.  Worse, the agricultural policies of Europe that encourages farmers through payment to cut, burn and mow their lands turning vast swathes of Britain into a desert to plants and animals.  Bees starve in the countryside but ironically prosper in cities, with nearly every type of animal species native to Britain going into decline because of the need by humanity to sterilise their environment, to make it controlled and ordered. If you let a garden or piece of land go wild, watch as nature parties in delight, how new plants and every animal moves in.  Nature loves wild control-free environments, just as a child loves control-free play.

This creative process of nature represented by me in the form of a metaphorical archetype I call The Running Boy, from influences including my background as a runner, the wonderful music video by Woodkid, and the book Green Isle of the Great Deep by Neil Gunn.  This archetype is so powerful it is capable of ending empires and bringing down any tyranny, but is of the same essence as “The Sorcerer” I referred to earlier.  This archetype is behind plans for a logo for my creative business which will sell my board game Aquila, a reminder of the power of the creative process of nature and human creativity if allowed to run wild and free from sterile control.

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6 responses to “The Running Boy

  1. Lovely picture of the Robin.

  2. I.am struck by how you were able to show correlations between education and perfection in gardening. I.have a very strong bias against formal education in how we know it. My boys attended the local public school until the ages of 9 and 13 at which point I brought them home to learn. The Christmas before I did I was asked by family members what my boys would like for a gift. I had no idea, they had become strangers to me. Their days filled with school and evenings with homework. Within weeks of bringing them home I saw the light in their eyes as they again found their curiosity and I saw them learn in leaps and bounds.

    so too with nature, it should not be regimented and pushed into.perfection. Nature is wild, and untamed and it should stay that way.

    • One of my gifts is to see and recognise patterns across different areas of life, which is how I can correlate gardening and education.

      I am glad you had the opportunity to take the actions you did for educating your children, and the benefits you gained. Human beings are a part of nature, so acting in harmony with nature seems a positive and beneficial way to behave. I totally agree with your conclusions.

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