Take Note, World: This Girl’s A Genius And We Really Need To Start Listening To Her

Love doesn’t make sense. I mean, you can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical, but we have to keep doing it or else we’re lost and love is dead and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do.
—  Ted, How I Met Your Mother

Aimee Mullins’ last Ted talk. She’s an athlete, model and activist (kindof a Wonder Woman), plus she’s an amputee. P.S. Her prosthetic legs are awesome, I envy her for being able to adjust her height too.

I had a great story recently — I love telling it — of a little girl who was in a drawing lesson. She was 6, and she was in the back, drawing. The teacher said this little girl hardly ever paid attention. In this drawing lesson, she did. And the teacher was fascinated.

She went over to her, and she said, what are you drawing?

And the girl said, I’m drawing a picture of God.

And the teacher said that nobody knows what God looks like, and the girl said, they will in a minute.

Kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll have a go… They’re not frightened of being wrong… If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original… And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost the capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong.


In an altogether excellent episode on the source of creativity, NPR’s TED Radio Hour revisits the most popular TED talk of all time, by Sir Ken Robinson, author of the indispensable The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything.

Half a century earlier, the great social scientist John W. Gardner made an exquisite case for what kids can teach us about risk, innovation, and the fear of failure.

Also see Debbie Millman’s indispensable Fail Safe

Homemade Happiness

Give me a strong brew
In a cuppa or two
Of that blend
Of liquid joy

I’ve heard you scout
The farthest route
To find spice 
To deploy

Is it stirred self-talk?
Or a walked walk?
That’s mixed with
Hot ambition?

Is it mindfulness?
Or a loving kiss?
You infused within
Your kitchen?

I want a sip
(Or at least a drip)
To quench my 
Thirsty soul

The ingredient
To be content
Must be
My own control.


Now, there’s a reason why privacy is so craved universally and instinctively.

It isn’t just a reflexive movement like breathing air or drinking water. The reason is that when we’re in a state where we can be monitored, where we can be watched, our behavior changes dramatically. The range of behavioral options that we consider when we think we’re being watched severely reduce. This is just a fact of human nature that has been recognized in social science and in literature and in religion and in virtually every field of discipline. There are dozens of psychological studies that prove that when somebody knows that they might be watched, the behavior they engage in is vastly more conformist and compliant. Human shame is a very powerful motivator, as is the desire to avoid it, and that’s the reason why people, when they’re in a state of being watched, make decisions not that are the byproduct of their own agency but that are about the expectations that others have of them or the mandates of societal orthodoxy…

…[A] society in which people can be monitored at all times is a society that breeds conformity and obedience and submission, which is why every tyrant, the most overt to the most subtle, craves that system. Conversely, even more importantly, it is a realm of privacy, the ability to go somewhere where we can think and reason and interact and speak without the judgmental eyes of others being cast upon us, in which creativity and exploration and dissent exclusively reside, and that is the reason why, when we allow a society to exist in which we’re subject to constant monitoring, we allow the essence of human freedom to be severely crippled.
—  Glenn Greenwald, Why Privacy Matters. TEDGlobal 2014.

Before anyone else feels the need to tell me I am ‘begging’ for money by having a patreon, please watch this video instead. 

Important for you artists/creatives out there, trying to make a living.