Fun will require his to see the hidden potential in ordinary things so that we can put them to new uses. The defamiliarisation common to art offers another example of distinction between use and potential.*
The future is already here, just unevenly distributed.**
We hear a lot of about abundance from our schools and businesses, from our politicians, and yet the industrial system they maintain appears, on closer observation, looks to be more about scarcity.
All those children who struggle with the education system as it is, ending up in jobs that are more about turning up and functioning than celebrating and developing skills.
We all have more to be and give than we know.
I don’t bring anything revolutionary, only that we all have a must we can find, which we can live out in some way. Perhaps as an amateur or a side-job, if not a career or vocation. All I know is, if we find what it is, it will lead us to somewhere else and then to somewhere else again.
How do we become people who must? Keri Smith’s description of wanderers helps us to see how we can begin the journey to finding and developing our must:
Qualities of great wanderers: curious, inquisitive, nonconformist, rebellious, daring, revolutionary, inventive, visionary, self-sufficient.^
May we follow our curiosity, ask questions, be transformative, identify other paths, experiment, find a tribe, keep iterating, look ahead, and not wait to be called.
*From Ian Bogost’s Play Anything;
**From Graham Leicester’s Transformative Innovation;
^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.