The socioeconomic benefits of a creative culture cannot be overemphasized. Most of the problems of society can be solved if we had the capacity to create solutions. The two prevailing trends of modern civilization have been
The dependence on high tech gadgets, and
The mass conformity to conventional standards.
While mechanized automation helped build a leisure class with many creature comforts, the economic order failed to foster adequate innovation. Top-down management policies dictated strict control over the workforce because thinking outside the box was inconsistent with their business models. To make matters worse academic institutions adopted the same rigid system. In the process the creative aptitude of recent generations was greatly diminished.
Since antiquity the use of our creative ability is how we developed an advanced civilization. As robotics and artificial intelligence continue to replace human ingenuity we still have serious problems of society, but we are more vulnerable to catastrophic events -- and much less equipped to fend for ourselves in such a case.
A passive, push-button society may seem to be ideal, but we shouldn’t rely on that
for economic security in the future. We can’t expect someone else to give us a job because businesses will use machines instead. So the long-held tradition that neglected individual creative initiative will inevitably lead to massive unemployment, widespread poverty, and the rapid extinction of our species. The only way to avoid this harsh reality is to rally our collective resources and implement a proactive plan to nurture creative innovation as an intrinsic attribute of the human condition.