Innocence and Creativity

Jacob Jordaens, Der gefesselte Prometheus, um 1640
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Innocence is not the same as naivete: naivete describes a lack of experience, innocence connotes freedom from moral wrong.

Our world is always changing. It deserves to be seen fresh every day, innocently. That’s when creative ideas, thoughts, solutions and plans can emerge.

Wouldn’t it be nice to cut through the clutter, to have a Hercules-like moment of freedom? (Backstory: Prometheus was chained to a rock for disobeying Zeus. For thirty years Prometheus endured a big black bird coming each day to eat out his liver which regrew every night. He was punished because he stole fire from the gods and gave it to humankind for their progress. After a generation, Zeus acquiesced allowing his son, Hercules, to free him.)

Moments of freedom are on the horizon. Liberate yourself from your preconceptions to see the new world each day, every day, with innocence.

“Ignorance is not knowing anything and being attracted to the good,” wrote Clarissa Pinkola Estés in Women Who Run with the Wolves. “Innocence is knowing everything and still being attracted to the good.”

New ideas, new decisions. Creativity.