So recently I listened to a podcast from Onbeing.org where the host interviewed Seth Godin, a very wise internet entrepreneur, about today’s society and the social changes occurring with the popularity and commonplace many internet and technological advances have found into peoples’ lives and in marketing and business. It’s an amazing podcast, they really go in depth with all these topics, and there’s still a great flow from topic to topic, you can click here to listen, and its truly worth the time.
Throughout the episode, a main focus of the podcast is that we are all artists, we can all create, write, inspire, hope, and share our ideas to the world. I love the idea of everyone has the ability to create what they want, and by sharing out these ideas, communities can come together and feel great about each other. I made a video about the Scarlet Letter comparing the community shown in the book to the one we live in today. It really made me feel like an artist, i felt inspired and it just felt good. When Godin spoke about everyone being an artist, it really hit me that although everyone can be an artist, not everyone seems to try. When I made my video i wanted to show everyone and make more videos and ask people to join in! It felt good knowing I had done something people enjoyed. I wanted to share this experience with them and hope they would feel the same way about this creative spark that was starting an electric fire in my brain. Unfortunately not everyone’s forte is being creative, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t artists. People may express themselves in other ways such as writing or drawing or even playing a sport. As long as you are expressing yourself and show how you feel about something, in my mind that’s being an artist. Here’s the video if you’d like to check it out!
This also connects to another point Godin made about how we have a very tribal feel to our society. We tend to gravitate towards what we know and who are comfortable with. In my English class we have groups called publishing houses where we share ideas and write about them in blogs, thus sharing them with even more people. The idea that these tribes should focus on interacting with each other and spreading good instead of trying to compete is wonderful to me. I believe that as humans we should help each other grow and learn more about ourselves and each other. Occasionally my group will have too many people, so one of us must move groups when sharing our essays and asking others how we may revise these essays. It’s very insightful they way different people and different groups help me with my essay, as sometimes i get so used to the same type of feedback from my group that it’s nice to hear different opinions from a different viewpoint. You can click here to check out the second blog I talked about run by my group and I, called Underground OC.
Godin talked about how schools teach children that if they’re not getting the right answer, they’re doing it all wrong. He spoke about how we need to focus on how to get to the final product, through collaboration, and not worry so much about creating something that many not be “correct.” Learning from our mistakes is something I really think people need to understand in their live’s, I especially think I need to improve on actually taking something away from a mistake, rather than just saying I messed up and not doing something with that information. Godin spoke about how if he were to ask a bunch of middle school students or even elementary students to brainstorm ideas or raise their hand for an innovative idea, they would be much more likely to do so than college students. It fascinates me that school teaches you to be “cog-like” that we all have a place in a giant machine and we need to only know perfection. I recently watched a movie called Snowpiercer, staring Christ Evans, and the main plot of the story is that after mankind has almost gone extinct, everyone now lives on this train. The only way to keep this train running is if everyone stays in the same place and does the same job. Of course this isn’t actually living, and many people have much harder back breaking work that others. It’s a really great example of how society can tell you all it wants where you belong, but if you really want something, you can take it for your own. Now back to schools teaching perfection, knowing how not to do something has its perks too! Through trals and tribulations we become who we are today, so why not teach that in school? Though I do believe schools are becoming more aware that teaching children through collaboration is a better way to do things, sometimes it can be a bit hard seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
Well hopefully you guys learned something today and do check out the podcast, or maybe even the other links in this post! Godin really did remind me of some views that i should have, and opened my eyes to society today. Until next time lovely humans!