Water bills, IMF, budgets, welfare, whistle-blowers, corporate crime, NAMA, the list is endless. Our lives have been pulled and pushed by a very defined narrative, a narrative based in fear and scarcity. The path of Ireland’s future is unclear. Do we succumb to our monetary masters? Do we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by economic shock therapy? What are we do as a people? As an Island?
We are a creative place. We are artists, athletes, writers and poets. We are savvy, hard-working and loving. We tell stories, we laugh, we do not suffer fools.
But we are at a crossroads. Emigration is still high, opportunities abroad shine through the rain in lecture halls and classrooms. What are we to do?
We must make a creative society. A society that honours creativity. A society that welcomes and respects the people who push the boundaries of what is possible, regardless of their field.
Ireland can be an example to the world in how we can make change as a people through very challenging events. We can forgive and move on, knowing that we create our own reality, and our economic masters are only a small piece in the jigsaw that is life.
This is important. We cannot overhaul a monetary system overnight, but we can operate within in ways that honour the creative spirit in humanity. That is our challenge today.
What would a creative society look like?
I think it would have a set of core values that honour this creative spirit. It would honour the abundance of the earth and recognise our place within it as an organic element of a much bigger system. A creative society would conserve resources, find simple solutions to issues within the arts, the environment and business. It would marry different things from different places and most importantly, it would recognise the difference between quantitative time and qualitative time.
Time is the ultimate resource. We all get 24 hours in the day, how we use it is up to us. How we set aside time to think and solve problems is up to us. No government or politician can solve the scarcity of time.
In creating a creative society, we recognise the value of time, and the importance of finding the time to do the right thing for ourselves and for each other.