Creativity encouraged

Gillian Lynne is a successful dancer, actress, and choreographer. I never heard of Gillian Lynne until I watched Sir Ken Robinson talk about her on the Ted Talks Show. He was discussing the importance of revamping the public education system so as to allow the creative capacities of children to prosper, rather than get squelched as they go through school.

Lynne’s story is that she struggled as a kid in school. When young, she couldn’t sit still in school. She was getting in trouble. Gillian’s mother took her to the doctor. The doctor listened to her mother than asked to speak with her outside the office.

Before they left the office, the doctor turned on the radio. He then had Gillian’s mother watch Gillian through a window. Gillian got out of her chair and started dancing. The doctor told the mother to put Gillian in dance classes. The rest is history. Today, she is renowned for the amazing work she has done, particularly her choreography in the Broadway productions Cats and Phantom of the Opera, in which she has created magic worlds of dance and enthralled the world with them.

On the Ted Show, Sir Ken Robinson pointed out that, today her behavior would be called ADHD and Lynne would be medicated and put back in class. Robinson knows our educational system needs to re-think intelligence and creativity and allow it in children. He makes very good points.

However, I can’t help but realize that this re-thinking is going to require some major “creativity.” We can’t assume if we let everyone do what they have a passion for that problems will be solved. They won’t.

An artist can create multiple pieces of art, but how creative is that when materials for the creations become limited, or when so many pieces of art are created, there is no place for it all.

We do want to encourage creativity, however, it needs to be juxtaposed with selflessness.

From 21st Century Science and Health:

The universe of Spirit reflects the powerful creativity of the divine Principle, or Life, which reproduces the multitudinous forms of Mind and governs the increase of the multifaceted idea of spiritual being.

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