The Problem with Problem Solving
Solving the problems of the world, the noble goal the western civilization dedicated itself in the early 1900 became central to our view point across the entire spectrum of professions as a cultural, political, economical shift. Following the self-perpetual motion of the industrial revolution and accompanying the rise of World War I and II, the Colonization era, the Cold War, the rise of capitalism, and resonating throughout extremist movements across the globe for the entire rest of the century, the idea that the world had problems to solve, (sometimes at any cost) became the endeavor of every respectable citizen and nation.
We can hardly ignore the relation between this and the evolution of death rates, global wars, violence, ecological catastrophes, etc… Does considering problems make us more unstable societies, or does being unstable societies make us consider more problems? Whether you see it one way or the other, both seems evidently linked on a societal level as well as on a personal level. As an individual, problems make you worry, worrying gives you problems. There seems to be a universal correlation. On a systemic level, the relationship between an observer and a system of any kind is always symbiotic. We are not disconnected from the world, problems appear on the inside just as much as on the outside. More importantly, devastating consequences seem to always come from good intention. Whether the world is full of problems or full of opportunities, it is such a complex world that the full picture is always out of our sight (this is the chaos theory) and our actions may always be at the cost of disastrous collateral damages.
Interestingly, the trend of enunciating problems seems to fade away in the late 1900s. The world seems to take another direction. From the chaos of the previous century, new ideas and new intentions are giving birth to a whole other potential: What if the world was not a problem to solve?
The idea of radical Acceptance as a base ground for any action to take is elaborated by many spiritual, artistic or therapeutic disciplines. To accept the nature of reality as it is without judgement creates an approach that seems not only less destructive but healing. When you cease to see the world as a problem, you stop fueling your actions with concern and with fear which can only generate more concern and more fear. To create artistically means to create in a non-problem solving manner, in a non-utilitarian way, to work for the simple joy of working.
Full dive on my experience of merging Art with innovation:
True innovation requires an artistic approach for only Art allows us to really explore the boundless realm of the unexplored. When Art disconnected with invention and invention became business, became politics, became problem-solving, the world stopped to renew itself. It was all, and still is in the global academic system and the large population of start-ups today, a recycling of the same thoughts, the same “solving” mechanism, the same concerns, the same fears. As the world is changing and craving a new destiny, the future will belong to those able to enjoy it.
Approaching not only your work but your life with an artistic spirit is the only hard “problem” and the greatest opportunity for you and for society. Taking the risk of creating freely by love and by joy with virtually no consideration for the result and total devotion to the process may lead you on the most transformative journey of your life at the exact height of your capacity to trust yourself. It is the only true way to newness and positive change. As a citizen of the world and a professional, it is your only duty to search that place of self-trust and self-love, that flow in order to ensure the quality of you participation to the human civilization. My only question to you and I will ask it to you every day: Can you live without problems?