Creativity, art, symbol, and ritual are essential tools for transformative change to an economy of life. Fortunately, many artists know this, even though others are captive to the status quo.
Alternatives to empire economics come alive through new images, through the use of artistic imagination. Albert Einstein, one who changed the paradigm of physics in the 20th century, stated, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
In the paradigm of Newtonian physics, obedience was the main virtue—obey the machine of nature. But in the current paradigm of quantum physics, creativity is the main virtue, so we call on one another to co-create the emerging new order, the Ecozoic Era, as Thomas Berry calls it. Physics is ahead of economics, culture, religion, and lifestyle at the moment. Creativity languishes. Arise! Let’s catch up, and take a “quantum leap.”
Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer restlessness and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
—Arundhati Roy at the World Social Forum, 2002
Artistic imagination is not just for the great artists and the professional performers. To reclaim creativity, our creativity, we need to de-professionalize art and midwife to birth the images in our thoughts, feelings, intuitions, and stirrings of our gut.