The title for this blog was waiting in my blog inspiration list to get it’s story attached, but when I started drafting, I experienced writer’s block. So I took a little inspiration by Googling on “Golden Age” and “Out-of-the-box thinkers” and found some text fragments that drew my attention: “we are entering a new golden age, where machines will do all of our work”. Suppose this statement is true, and most work is indeed done by machines, then we could spend our daily available hours also for other things. For example to better take care of our world (spending time inventing real sustainable solutions, for example concepts like free energy), spending more time helping each other (a servant society) and spending more time taking care of ourselves (recreate, doing sports etc.). But we would really need more out-of-the-box thinkers to help us transform into such a society.
We need out-of-the-box-thinkers that can envision fresh new ideas and concepts, for example the concept that reducing the average working week hours could be part of the solution for solving many of our current crises. But on the other hand if we stick to letting inside-the-box thinkers control the way our society evolves, than the chances of really transforming to a new golden age will diminish. Why is that? I think it’s because of fear of changing the well-known context to an unknown context. Fear blocks the inside-the-box-thinkers.
“In-the-box thinkers find it difficult to recognize the quality of an idea. An idea is an idea. A solution is a solution. In fact, they can be quite pigheaded when it comes to valuing an idea. They rarely invest time to turn a mediocre solution into a great solution. More importantly, in-the-box thinkers are skillful at killing ideas. They are masters of the creativity killer attitude such as “that’ll never work” or “it’s too risky.” The best in-the-box thinkers are unaware that they drain the enthusiasm and passion of innovative thinkers while they kill their innovative ideas. They also believe that every problem needs only one solution; therefore, finding more than one possible solution is a waste of time. They often say, “There is no time for creative solutions. We just need THE solution.”
So I really wish our society many new outside-the-box-thinkers that help us solve all of our crises and really help us transform to a new Golden Age. Outside-the-box-thinkers that help inside-the-box-thinkers conquer their fears of change. It can be done. If we all want to. Happy Golden Age hunting!