Creativity, Intelligence, and the Pursuit of Changing the World
Scientists often measure creativity and intelligence with similar measures. They measure emotional self-regulation, and things like genetic history and other factors. They say that having a higher intelligence, greater creativity, and mental health struggles go hand in hand. Could it be that being more aware of one’s emotions helps a person learn to solve them creatively, and thus, become more aware and intelligent in other areas of his or her life?
I think so. I think that many traditional tests do not accurately measure personhood in the first place, even comparatively. I think people are too different to focus so much on this, instead I think it is more important to focus on making this information accessible, applicable, and helpful to the greatest number of citizens so that they world can be a more healthy place, with less suicide, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and other mental health concerns.
Some things will be with us always. Some humans will naturally struggle with this more than others. But to live peacefully with one another and reduce things like school shootings, international and domestic terrorism, violence, crime, abuse, poverty, homelessness, and improve social welfare in general, we can no longer accept that these things are a practitioner’s-only issue. The same diplomacy that Politicians and employees of the Federal government are meant to use to resolve conflicts and move the world forward are in many ways the same skills on a larger scale and stage. If people want to be successful, they need to be willing to embrace these ideas as the job market changes and careers become progressively more uncharted in terms of traditional notions. The world is changing, and it is a blessing to those who are alone and still have great needs.
Attitude shapes how individuals view much of this. The Internet is a blessing. The enemy is not online. Ok. Well, there are people of many different kinds of identities and beliefs and religions and ways of living. Ok. People will always disagree on some things; talking about those things respectfully and in a way that helps people or nations learn to better support one another; that too is important. Ok. Well, would you also respect that what people see as healthy depends so much more on who they are as a person; that their cultural beliefs or traditions, their ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc. helps inform and determine individual understandings? It will make you healthier to do so, but no person can convince you to make decisions or accept things that you do not choose. That is good, it should be that way. But the world is full of people, and no group of people is better than one another. We all make mistakes. But how can you value others less if they disagree with you? Odds are your differences have a lot to do with things that will never change and should be respected. If the goal is to work together, that is not so hard: differences cannot stop you from living in peace with someone. Inflexibility, stubbornness, and the belief that others are more wrong than you when you and another person come into a situation with similar goals will be the deciding factor to if you are able to work with others.
There will always be some conflict; that is good. But people of all identities matter to broader discussions of what it may mean to change the world. Those discussions are important; world peace is entirely possible in the 21st century. The last real barriers to achieving people’s goals have much more to do with seeing beyond misunderstandings to achieve common goals. We have the means to do that now.
There is no reason anyone should be dying alone in this world any longer. We have the industrial means to feed the entire world. We have the differences of opinion and ability to take interest in one another in a way that cares for each other in a strong, supportive way. We have enough people who have made an effort to increase their intercultural understanding to actually make waves in the areas of society that may have been most rigid in terms of social strata and money. There are billionaires like Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet who are actively trying to change the world and enlist the help of other moguls (Google: “Billion Dollar Challenge”).
It is exciting to be alive in this day and age. If you are young, please do not take that for granted. The world is changing and you have the opportunity to actively participate in that as much as you possibly can, and often, that is unlimited based on your dreams. It is never too late to start over. It is worth the risk.