Take Time To Think Davis Goss
I recently saw a program on television wherein participants discussed degree to which present day computer technology has contributed to our economy, well-being and our ability to communicate. They pointed out many ways that this technology was already obsolete and that further refinements will impact our future in ways we dare not imagine.
This scares me.
This advancement precipitates an increasing reliance on computer skills and "push envelope" technology. This over-emphasis tends to wean people away from original thinking. Over years I've seen many very bright people let their computers do their thinking for them. They became un- suspecting victims of somebody else=s thinking. This robbed them of their individuality and innovative skills.
I've been a student and practitioner of creative thinking all my life. I was a creative consultant long before Internet was a factor. From my admittedly bias point of view, I think time has come to champion a new technology. The next technological breakthrough should be re-discovery of creative thinking!
* The kind of individual creativity and innovative genius that built our free enterprise system. * The kind of uncluttered common sense creativity that is devoid of academic "isms" and "ologies". * The kind of creativity that existed (and worked!) long before time and technology distorted its relevance and simplicity
Webster defines creative thinking as "the ability to be productive through imaginative skills". Take a moment to think about what this really says. "The ability to be productive". To be productive , according to Webster, is to "establish results, benefits and profits". And how does he suggest that we do this? He says it should be "through imaginative skills". Notice that he makes no reference to technological skills or training. He says nothing about academic proficiency, administrative talents or scanning Internet. He mentions only one method and that is to utilize imagination And imagination, he reminds us, is Athe forming of mental images (ideas) of things not present to senses or never before wholly perceived@.
IDEAS! As important as modern day technological tools are, it should be realized that throughout all recorded history nothing was ever accomplished, no goal was ever reached, no need was ever met and no problem was ever solved that didn't begin with an idea !
Ideas are substance of imagination. They are effects of creative thinking. When people ignore or overlook new ideas and concepts, they risk becoming victims of another's creative initiative regardless of their technological competence. While any activity should utilize best technological aids available, it behooves us to be alert to necessity for balance and make specific, conscious efforts to increase our imaginative skills. We should be constantly scanning our mental horizons for opportunities for growth and advancement and become aware of events and circumstances that can contribute productivity in Aestablishing results, benefits and profit....through their imaginative skills@