Why Does Man Create? - Personal Reasons
Someone posted a comment to the effect that vanity serves as a personal motivator for creativity. To that I will reply: if that is a sole motivator for an individual, that person either already has an established reputation which that person is attempting to maintain to retain a popular cachet (the vanity will only cheapen the accomplishment), or that the vanity is merely blinders that an individual has that hinders his ability to actually constructively and objectively evaluate that person's ability and talent.
Personal impetus (which are somewhat reflected in some of the interviews here in the Creative Process Ideas) may be:
A personal or group recognition that someone has something significant or useful to produce.
An attempt to expose or expand upon a perceived social or cultural fallacy which a person wishes to correct, or at least make relevant to a larger group.
A personal experience that incites a person into creative action.
A wish to make other people think: about themselves, their community, their culture, or other social or political structure - in order to initiate transformation in thought and/or action.
As an actor and director, I work very hard not to do 'trivial' pieces; when people come in to see a play or a film in which I participate, I want them to leave not quite the same person that arrived. I do other pieces in order to keep in practice, but I duck whenever possible, preferring to do tech and set work instead.
Art in any form should challenge people at some level so that they not only identify with something, but also re-evaluate in a very conscious way their values, way of life, or just become conscious of something in their own life that they may not previously have been aware.
I will add something that some may object doesn't belong in the Arts & Culture hierarchy: writing software is a form of art. While most people who use software may not see a piece of accounting software or a web browser as art, the appreciative audience here is other programmers. As a program designer or developer, one should strive for an elegance that, when reviewed by other programmers (especially in the Open Source community) causes them to say, 'holy frijoles, that is cool'. That, too, is art.
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Antimicrobial resistance is growing worldwide, rendering many "work horse" medicines ineffective. Without intervention, drug-resistant pathogens could lead to millions of deaths by 2050. Thankfully, companies like Pfizer are taking action.
- Antimicrobial-resistant pathogens are one of the largest threats to global health today.
- As we get older, our immune systems age, increasing our risk of life threatening infections. Without reliable antibiotics, life expectancy could decline for the first time in modern history.
- If antibiotics become ineffective, common infections could result in hospitalization or even death. Life-saving interventions like cancer treatments and organ transplantation would become more difficult, more often resulting in death. Routine procedures would become hard to perform.
- Without intervention, resistant pathogens could result in 10 million annual deaths by 2050.
- By taking a multi-faceted approach—inclusive of adherence to good stewardship, surveillance and responsible manufacturing practices, as well as an emphasis on prevention and treatment—companies like Pfizer are fighting to help curb the spread.
Journalism got a big wake up call in 2016. Can we be optimistic about the future of media?
- "[T]o have a democracy that thrives and actually that manages to stay alive at all, you need regular citizens being able to get good, solid information," says Craig Newmark.
- The only constructive way to deal with fake news? Support trustworthy media. In 2018, Newmark was announced as a major donor of two new media organizations, The City, which will report on New York City-area stories which may have otherwise gone unreported, and The Markup, which will report on technology.
- Greater transparency of fact-checking within media organizations could help confront and correct fake news. Organizations already exist to make media more trustworthy — are we using them? There's The Trust Project, International Fact-Checkers Network, and Tech & Check.
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