Break-Through Break-Through (The Creative)

Maybe we can set things up so that politicians take their speeches from poets. The masses will have to eat their dogma with sauces of irony, side dishes of metaphor, and sprinklings of negative capability. People will be compelled to think things through before voting. They’ll learn to rave less about retribution and more about poetic justice. Being unhappy will be more fun; being different will be more entertaining. Artists, inventors, and businesses will be less constrained by whether their work will sell. Television shows will cut out the laugh tracks. Talk show hosts will laugh at angry callers. People will go back to college and teachers will earn more than lawyers. Being impractical will lose its sinfulness and illegality and become merely impractical again. At the same time we’ll need to make sure that poets don’t start acting like politicians.

The Creative