Doing real adult activities takes courage by individuals

11-07-2018 by admin

Who would have thought you could get rich designing colouring books for adults? They have been around since the Sixties, but the boom that began in 2012 shows no sign of stopping.

In February, they made up five out of 10 books on Amazon’s bestseller list. Nor are colouring books the only sort you might be surprised to find in adult hands.

The idea that filling in tiny printed shapes with a felt-tip pen counts as creative shows how debased our ideas of creativity have become. It’s an activity, at best, that’s good for getting you through a meeting without letting on how very bored you are.

Each of us has to take some responsibility for this collective madness. As individuals, we are scared to read “difficult” books or attempt other challenging activities.

Real adult activity takes effort and often courage.

Colouring in someone else’s designs is always easier than making your own, just as forming your own opinions – after gathering and weighing information – is always harder than parroting other people’s views.

We could begin by exchanging our colouring books for a set of paints and blank paper, putting aside YA novels and going back to the classics.

People whose jobs leave no room for creative impulses can come home to sing, or sew, or cook. They can paint, or write poetry.

Any of those offers better chances for getting offline, relieving stress, and finding pleasure than filling in someone else’s tiny drawings. And we can demand that our children do the same – and set good examples for them by regularly disengaging from the digital world.

These times are just as bad as they look, and it is harder and harder even to find the mechanisms by which they can be changed. But individual resistance is the only place to start.

Susan Neiman, The Telegraph

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