What is liberty, wisdom and creativity?
I often include in my blog posts the themes of liberty, wisdom and creativity, but how do I define these words?
The ability to express my nature without restriction.
I stood listening to a robin this morning singing with all its heart. The robin marks its territory through song. I could capture this robin, place it in a cage, and this robin will never be liberated again. Would the robin be happy? Would the robin sing again? Would the robin be able to express its nature by flying from branch to branch, singing marking its kingdom?
Everything and everyone has a nature. Most of humanity imprison themselves in invisible cages, living within self-imposed and society imposed restrictions. To listen to the robin I had to go off to a wood, away from the demands of society. It is in my nature to connect with nature,
Once you are aware of your own nature, you will become aware of the many traps and chains that deny you expression of that nature.
The ability to match knowledge to situations.
I am foraging for fungi this week. I know that if I eat the wrong fungi I will die. In my wisdom I refuse to touch any mushroom I can’t identify, and I play safe by touching mushrooms only in open fields. I am a novice at foraging fungi, a mistake over eating the wrong fungus is non-reversible for instance there is no cure for the poisons of the Death Cap fungi.
Wisdom can only be obtained through sensory experience, the act of doing. You gain no wisdom through spectating, you have to actively participate to earn wisdom. You can study the apple, but until you have tasted the apple you gain no wisdom.
The ability to see and build patterns.
The human brain has evolved to work with patterns, it is a machine that recognises and builds patterns. If a story is like a pattern, then most people blindly follow the pre-packaged stories of media and society, most people have low creativity. Only through encouraging the brain to process inputs along new neural pathways can creativity be produced.
In recent weeks I chose to follow different activity to my usual life, for instance camping in woods and walking different routes to places. The changes I make forces my brain to route neural activity down new brain pathways, which immediately allows me to make new connections. The new brain connections gives me the ability to see and build new patterns.