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August 2016

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  • Creative Confusion in Pakistan

    Time to be creative. Time to be misunderstood.

    Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving. But it seems that in our beloved country creative problem solving is heading to a direction where we totally misunderstood the concept of creativity and its solutions. We, Pakistanis, are not stretching ourselves beyond our perceived level of confidence so we have failed to accelerate our development of creative competence.

    It is a dilemma in Pakistan that to be creative is to be misunderstood because there is common belief that creative people struggle more with being misunderstood than normal people.

    Why is this?

    • Because creative people think “outside of the box.” And the truth is that in our country above average people are often unaware that such a “box” even exists.
    • Because creative people ask dangerous questions. And being precarious is itself a risky where the majority are confused about creativity and have a very little idea that creative people test boundaries – not to be rebellious, but rather to simply explore.

    Creativity tends to teach people to dare and willing to fail – a quality that makes many people uncomfortable in our country.

    Creativity makes people unique – they are individuals – and this fact threatens the status quo more than any other. Pakistan is in grip of status quos unending struggle so no place of creativity in our social lifestyle or even in our self-concept.

    On the hand, creative confusion has also been proposed deliberately because creative people are so different and can be perceived as a threat to institutions. And this is unfortunate because many organisations are in dire need of more creativity. They’re just scared of the people who might bring it.

    Because the country is full of bureaucracy and systematic ways of approaching life, creatives often find themselves frustrated with attempts to fit in or be assimilated.

    And so, for the majority in our country, creatives are tragically misunderstood. At best, they are seen as a means to an end — a cog in the machine of producing propaganda for a cause. At worst, they are perceived as a threat that needs to be eliminated.

    There isn’t a pretty way out of this predicament. To be creative is to be misunderstood. That’s all there is to it.

    What alternative is there in a world of conformists and wannabes?

    And after all, who wants to fit in?

    Time to be creative. Time to be misunderstood.

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