@cute @efi @Bashabez I was today years old when I learned that horses were not in fact introduced to the Americas by the Spanish, as I was always taught in school, and this lie is in fact a 500+ year old piece of Spanish colonial propaganda
@lj_writes life is easier if you assume every white person is gaston until they bleed to prove otherwise tbh
I think that might have been the thought-straw that broke me through to starting to decolonize my thinking:
the west is /not/ rational, like, any given western person is not inclined to apply any classified form of reason to how they do... anything.
Once you see how often "I'm reasonable!" is used as the basis of a claim, not "the claim is reasonable!" it... all falls apart.
Tangent but this reliance on "brute rationality" is why i don't trust westerners in my day-to-day, either
Why be creative when you can:
@lj_writes I like to blab about intelligence versus wisdom like this: intelligence is finding things you can do.
Wisdom is finding out which ones not to.
Trite as fuck, but holds up good enough.
Why be creative when you can:
@lj_writes Y'know my recent goings on about how westerners live inside an artificial world they made for themselves, a segregated environment where everything real has been made an externality?
This is why. It's so that they can playact at being gods, each and every one of them, able to create and destroy the only things of meaning (the constructs of their artificial reality) at a whim.
Why be creative when you can:
Or, how about: This person is good at getting people to work together to produce useful work. This person discovers and communicates existing ideas so no redundant work is done, and so due credit can be given. This person asks piercing questions about morality and responsibility so that harmful ideas are not executed. These are not traditionally "creative" skills, but they are at least as indispensable as coming up with ideas and bringing them to production.
There are just so many things that are wrong, unclear, and harmful about the way "creativity" is thrown around, from its uncritical fetishization to the idea that it is a superior virtue vested in solitary geniuses. The word itself should probably be jettisoned. Someone might have lots of unconventional ideas, they might be good at putting different ideas together, or they might be tenacious problem-solvers. Maybe they are all of these things and more at different times.
Creativity is not evenly distributed
Also, as many have pointed out, so-called creative geniuses throughout history have relied on incredible amounts of support work made invisible. This includes the care work provided by wives, often the insights and labor of the wives in the creative work itself, the labor of domestic workers, and more. These privileges provided, overwhelmingly, men of privileged socioeconomic status and race with the leisure for creative work.
Creativity: misunderstood and overrated
And while creativity may have its uses, the vague impression that it is some individualistic flash of genius that creates something from nothing is misleading. Creating anything useful depends on structures of culture, learning, synthethizing prior work, social relations, and cooperation. Yet the work that goes into these structures, the preservation, communication, organization and more, are seen as subservient to and inferior to the act of "creation."
Creativity and capitalism
Replace "create" with "produce" and you can see why it is a fetish in capitalist systems--it's just another way of saying produce more things to make more profit. Of course creativity has been internalized as a personal and educational value because individuals adapt themselves to the systems they live in, willingly giving untold amounts of time and energy to produce more "content," more inventions, more technology, more theories, more products, just more.
Is creativity good?
It's strange when you think about it that creativity is held up so uncritically as a virtue. Creativity gave us great works of art and scientific innovations, sure, but subprime mortgages and weapons of mass destruction were also creative innovations. Maybe the value and discernment NOT to create are at least as important as creativity. Harmful ideas that should have been abandoned become reality all the time, because ~creative.~ Oh, and they turn a profit. Of course.
the social model of disability & adhd
It's no wonder that Russell Barkley, that consummate scientist, is so against calling ADHD a strength and flatly labels it a disability. There's a lot of pseudoscientific and unclear thinking down the road of calling ADHD people some kind of genetically determined creative minority (ew no, no thank you).
That said, Barkley's view lacks the necessary nuance, too. ADHD is a disability in specific conditions but can be adaptive in others. It really depends.
adhd positivity meta (critical)
One week into my diagnosis and I am heartily sick of the "#ADHD people are creatives/visionaries/mavericks/entrepreneurs rah rah" rhetoric. I have no issue with anyone personally finding positivity in their neuroconfiguration, but to speak for others and say "ADHD people are X" is flattening and a bit creepy. Are we going to ignore the fact that a lot of these are culturally mediated, and assigning superiority to a group based on genetic traits is a Bad Idea?
Like I don't want to pick on the HR Campaign alone, they are just one manifestation of the problem but holy cow do they manifest it. I wish they'd leave "queer" out of it though, that word has a history of being used in direct opposition to this type of capitalist-friendly, assimilationist activism.
This is how the declining and, to a large extent, already lost diversity of food crops globally is both a metaphor for capitalism and the point in itself. On the one hand, it is a window into how profit-driven practices destroy variety and enforce a stifling uniformity that concentrates power and resources to a few. On the other hand our food sources are increasingly vulnerable to disease and environmental change. You might not miss Cavendish bananas, but you will miss corn, potatoes, and wheat.
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