You have less control over your environment and the environment in which your children grow than you think. The variables are infinite. This is the final post in this series about Creativity’s Terrain and the variables you can control. Yesterday I wrote about Finding Friends that Challenge.
You can’t buy land to build a dream home or build self-storage units on Papua New Guinea, a small island nation off the coast of Australia. Land simply isn’t for sale, at any price. It is 97% owed collectively by aboriginal tribes, the rest is unusable.
I sauntered through an open air market, years ago, in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea. Stopping in front of two women selling sweet potatoes, I noticed three small girls giggling around me. The littlest one caught my eye. Her eyes sparkled and raising her eyebrows, she pointed at my curly hair. She wanted to touch my hair.
I don’t think evolutionary sociologist, Alan S. Miller, who wrote Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters, has been to Mount Hagen. He says,
Women’s desire to look like Barbie—young with small waist, large breasts, long blond hair, and blue eyes—is a direct, realistic, and sensible response to the desire of men to mate with women who look like her. There is evolutionary logic behind each of these features.
Not only are women in Papua New Guinea not large-breasted, blond or blue-eyed, in some regions they look much like their husbands, with mustaches and strong muscles to boot. Over and over, the one overt physical difference this Westerner could spot between men and women was a skirt, worn by the woman. Yet, New Guinean women mate and love, just the same.
Albert Einstein said,
Truth is what stands the test of experience.
I know Miller’s ideas are wrong because I’ve walked the dusty paths of New Guinea. Miss Piggy, of Muppet’s fame, says,
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
Highly Creative people know Truth.
Truth isn’t doled out in bit and pieces, by genetics, small experiments or even great teachers. The truths that feed Creation are intuitive. And intuition grows by wide-eyed observation and with experience.
There are two ways to live, you can live as if nothing is a miracle, you can live as if everything is a miracle.
Creators use truth they know to catch patterns and discover the beautiful in human existence. Beauty, like sunshine for a plant, compels Creation to grow tall, to try to meet it. The deeper the roots of truth, the higher the Creation.
Fill your life with experience, your own and that of other humans. Clutter your life with truth and grow towards the truly beautiful.