Mars vs Venus
by Ginny Santos
They say that men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, but what if you are a planet hopper, or you started off in Venus and you are now a Martian? Resisting Simplicity is a courageous act and an opportunity to seek new perspectives by breaking old habits and nurturing your creative thinking skills.
The world is full of complexities. That’s what makes it exciting. The challenges around us can be viewed as too complicated to address or as interesting complexities that call for creative thinking. When we create false opposites we simplify things in such a way that we limit our creativity.
Did you know that the woman who ruled Egypt in 15th century BC wore a false beard and used a male name? Did you know that the King of Angola from 1624 to 1653 was a cross-dresser? Did you know that 400 male soldiers in the US Civil War were found to be female? Did you know that Billy Tipton, renowned jazz musician was found to be female-bodied upon his death in 1989?
What planet did these people come from? I think they came from Earth, where courage and creativity are a must, where change is constant, and where complexity is an undeniable reality. This reminds me of what Maslow said in 1962, “…creative people are people who don’t want the world as it is today but want to make another world.” Don’t we all?
Ginny Santos presents Resisting Simplicity: From opposites to creative insights at Mindcamp 2012.