Thought For The Extended Weekend..

21 12 2007

“Most of us spend many hours each week watching celebrated athletes playing in enormous stadiums. Instead of making music, we listen to platinum records cut by millionaire musicians. Instead of making art, we go to admire paintings that brought in the highest bids at the latest auction. We do not run risks acting on our beliefs, but occupy hours each day watching actors who pretend to have adventures, engaged in mock-meaningful action.

This vicarious participation is able to mask, at least temporarily, the underlying emptiness of wasted time. But it is a very pale substitute for attention invested in real challenges. The flow experience that results from the use of skills leads to growth; passive entertainment leads nowhere. Collectively we are wasting each year the equivalent of millions of years of human consciousness. The energy that could be used to focus on complex goals, to provide enjoyable growth, is squandered on patterns of stimulation that only mimic reality.”

By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi



3 responses

16 01 2008

I feel exactly the same thing… but I don’t know if I would have been able to put it in such amazing words… thanks for sharing.

26 01 2008

mmmm…. yeah

12 03 2008

I want to disagree Mr. Csikszentmihalyi. Not all time can be used for creativity. Some time has to be set aside for experiencing too. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘passive entertainment’, but for me, entertainment can raise itself to an experience. Be it – Tendulkars almost faultless straight drive, A melodious song with meaningful lyrics or an actors performance – I enjoy everything equally well! Also, what would one create without experiencing. I know that the mind in itself has a tremendous un-tapped creative capability, but what will be the stimulus if you want to create something. I’m sure the creation would be dull.

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