Problems are Opportunities
The other day I was thinking about all the conflict in the world and how people get personal, picky, angry, petty, fight and go to war.
Apparently Joseph Stalin (the infamous dictator) was purported to have said, “There are people and there are problems. When you get rid of the people, you get rid of the problems.”
This would explain why he had no problem in killing 20 million plus people but as history has shown, he didn’t solve the problems.
So yes, one could argue Stalin was just a plain lazy problem solver who underestimated the power of people and creative tension but I digress.
Problems Are to be Embraced
As a creative consultant I love problems because I know that problems are merely the flip side of solutions. Thus every problem is really an opportunity in disguise – kind of like creative tension in that without minor chords music would be dull and flat.
And we humans are very creative in so many ways – e.g., some are gifted with numbers, others are gifted with their hands, others are gifted with their sense of compassion and of course there are those who are gifted in the arts and sciences.*
So while individual creative gifts might be awesome, such as the individual works of masters like Pablo Picasso, it is team creativity that really makes our human race awesome. The lone inventor is cool but the organization that can send people safely to the moon and back, well – this is a feat beyond the power of one.
Consider this Music Video
This video clip is a great example of the power of many when operating to the beat of harmonic cooperation for a goal that is greater than that of each of the individual contributions.
It is a video of Perpetuum Jazzile – an a cappella jazz choir from Slovenia. I’m not certain how many people are on stage but it is all voice, no instruments and they do an amazing rendition of “Africa” – the song originally made famous in the 1980s by the rock band Toto.
The musicianship of how creatively this Slovenian group start out the piece by mimicking the sounds of rain and thunder is very creative (i.e., they simulate an African thunderstorm with their hands and feet). The beat box voicing is awesome as is all the other voices – truly inspiring!
I’ve never been to Slovenia but the harmonic beauty and creativity expressed in this video reminds me of the inner beauty, common love for music, art, creativity and science that we humans share universally.
It also reminds of the power in numbers and the magic we can accomplish together when harmonically aligned – enjoy!
*Setting up all those mics and getting balanced levels is more electrical science than artistic musical creativity but ask any audio engineer or producer and they will tell you that their mic’ing science is also an art!
Perpetuum Jazzile Performs Africa