Broken Lost And Abandoned - January 1st 2011
Up until Occupy Wall Street, the most admired of our society were either celebrities, who were instantly identifiable – and sometimes famous only for being being famous; or generic classes which we aspired to join because they earned the most money.
Such classes include bankers, doctors, lawyers, and corporate CEO’s. At the top of the tree, most members earn millions – sometimes billions – and for the last few decades have been marketed as our role models.
In repayment for this adulation, we are experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, one of the worst and most expensive medical systems in the developed world, the corruption of our legal and political systems, and a corporate culture that is so suffused with greed that it no longer identifies with the National Interest; and is so short term in its thinking, that it is busy destroying the Middle Class and its very own market.
Simply put, we have been worshipping false gods; and will be paying the price for generations. That fact has been evident for decades, but it appears that at last it is beginning to be recognized. Changing it won’t be easy. Greed, by definition, lacks a moral compass.
I don’t wish to decry the utility and importance of money, but fundamentally what really drives progress in a society is confidence – a belief that tomorrow will be a better day. And confidence is instilled by achievement – a pattern of success that is innately inspirational. Sometimes that success is financial, but mostly it has to do with creativity in all its forms. Creativity uplifts in a way that nothing else does. It awes, motivates and inspires. It touches our emotions in a way that financial success alone does not. Sometimes the two are combined but all too often creativity is not accorded the recognition it deserves.
It’s time to change our mindset and to appreciate that creativity is what drives our society. In business, it is called innovation. It’s exactly the same thing.
Creativity is manifest in many different forms. In my last post, I commented on the totally awesome World Trade Center Memorial.
Today, I’m introducing you to the extraordinary talent of David Loew, Photographer, Designer, Artist and Visionary. I’ll be writing more about him in the future.
You may contact him at www.davidloewphoto.com The man is brilliant.
Antique Beauty – January 2009