Want to be more creative? Try this trick.

Creativity is based on the denial of the obvious.

Much of what seems obvious today will be, or already has been, disproved. For example, these “obvious truths” about economics, though held by much of the public, are wrong:

  1. Money is not a form of debt.
  2. Dollar bills are money.
  3. Federal taxes fund federal spending.
  4. Federal government debt is a burden on the federal government.
  5. Federal debt will be a burden on future generations.
  6. Federal deficits and debt can lead to federal insolvency.
  7. Federal finances are like state/local government and personal finances.
  8. Federal deficit spending can lead to inflation.
  9. A federal balanced budget or surplus is more prudent than a federal deficit.
  10. Low interest rates are stimulative; high rates are recessive.

Not one of the above statements is true, and in fact the denial of #1 (Money really IS a form of debt) provided the starting point for Monetary Sovereignty.

Creativity involves taking a statement thought to be true and asking:

“What if this isn’t true?”

Consider even a statement that you know, absolutely positively is true, for instance: The circumference of a circle = π times the diameter of the circle.

Being a geometry buff, and wanting to be creative, you might ask, “What if this isn’t true?” which could lead you to the fact that the circumference of circle drawn on a sphere is always less than π times the diameter if the diameter must follow the surface of the sphere.

O.K., that was pretty simple, so for you real geometry buffs, there is “The staircase paradox, or why π≠4”

circle with squares
Why doesn’t the perimeter of infinite squares equal the circumference of the circle? 

The point is that creativity begins with the denial of the obvious. “What if this isn’t true?” is the question all scientists ask when searching for a new solution.

What if it isn’t true that:

The sun circles the earth? (Galileo Galilei)
Stomach ulcers are caused by stress? (Barry Marshall and Robin Warren)
Time moves the same for everyone? (Albert Einstein)

What if what I believe isn’t true?

Creative fashion designers ask that question all the time. What if it isn’t true that:

Image number 1 showing, Mid-Rise Distressed Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans for Women
When they get holes, you should throw them away
pants, different color, blue, pink, leggings, purple, pantone ...
Pants legs should be the same color.

Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, you can begin with such statements as:

“What if it’s not true that:”

  • Energy can not be created or destroyed
  • The laws of physics do not change over time
  • The same shoe cannot fit everyone.
  • The universe is expanding
  • A virus doesn’t talk.
  • The entropy of a closed system always increases
  • A child’s toy should be safe.
  • The world still exists when I sleep.
  • What I see (hear, feel) actually exists.
  • A lamp should provide light.
  • A roof should be water-impermeable.
  • The world (the universe, the moon) was created billions of years ago.
  • A song should be musical.
  • Lightening is electric.
  • I (you, they) exist.
  • Nothing could live on the sun.
  • Now lasts an instant.
  • I will not live forever.
  • Time runs in one direction.
  • Life requires water.
  • Ice is cold.
  • You see what I see.
  • Gravity exists.
  • I am one of billions of people.
  • The earth is a sphere.
  • A murder mystery story requires a murder or a mystery.
  • Yesterday happened.
  • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
  • Trees (buildings, people) are not transparent.*

*See The Material Revolutionizing the Construction Industry? Wood

You could go on and on listing “truths” as you know them. As you dig deeply through all the implications of any indisputable “truth” not being true,  you will find the enjoyment of creativity.

It’s a way to move off that notorious “blank sheet.”

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Social Security for all or a reverse income tax

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

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Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.


3 thoughts on “Want to be more creative? Try this trick.

  1. I’m not a mathematician, but why does pi have to reach 4?

    You could also subdivide the perimeter (4) into infinity and NEVER reach it. 3.1415999999999…Why stop at 4? Just keep adding 9s.


    1. Pi is an irrational number, an infinite number beginning 3.1415926535897932384626433832795 . . .

      The question was this: All the iterations of the square perimeters = 4. When taken to infinity, they look like they form the circumference of a circle.
      But the circumference of the circle = pi, which is less than 4. So how can that be?

      The answer, which is shown at the indicated link, is that they never do completely form a circle. At infinity, there are an infinite number of little spaces between the squares and the circumference of the circle.


      1. Ah so! Yet another way of understanding this: Squares are made of straight lines. Circles aren’t. The straight line and the arc can never be reconciled, so pi goes on and on chasing it’s tail.


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