February 27, 2013

Weapons of Mass Creation

Drop your weapons - pick up some crayons.

What if we put down all of our implements of destruction (guns, bombs, denial, and dollar bills), and picked up a box of crayons? What if we took some time off from all the "creative destruction" and did a little "destructive creation"?

We could draw pictures of humanity destroying swords in order to create plowshares, for example.

Crayons are weapons of mass creation and visualizers of imagination. Happy people are creative people, and creative people are happy people. We can't continue to destroy if we are too busy having fun creating.

Author Robert Fulghum had it right when he made the following suggestion:
"Maybe we should develop a crayon bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of crayons.
And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination."  

Our greatest weapons in the fight against ignorance, selfishness and denial are imagination and creativity.

Einstein said that imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge has limits, whereas imagination knows no bounds.

If we can imagine it, we can create it.

Make art, not war


  1. Not long ago I bought myself a big box of crayons. Coloring can be a form of meditation, or joyful expression. Think I may buy myself a bubble wand this summer.

    1. Great things happen when we enter the creative zone.

      Where does the bubble go when it pops? Hmm, kind of sounds like a Zen koan.


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