Sridhar Ramanathan also blogs at www.ideasrs.com.
What comes to your mind when I utter the word “Creativity”?
Let us check what happens with discipline.
The two seem like irreconcilable opposites.
Now I imagined a world with creativity but no discipline – how life would be.
I would have a lot of freedom. Lots of fun. Do what I like, when I like. No one can order me around. It feels great when I enjoy all these.
But then every one around me too will enjoy these same benefits of creativity without discipline.
How will that affect me? Will I like that?
I go to a restaurant. There is no one to take my order. So I go to the kitchen. The chef is busy practising on his guitar. His assistant is in deep meditation. The two waiters are playing chess.
I ask the chef about the menu and he says, “I have not made up my mind. I want to do something different.”
“When will I get something to eat?”
“It all depends…. on when I decide. After that, we will buy the necessary things..”
“Will it take a couple of hours?”
“Should I go somewhere else..?”
“It is your choice, sir.”
“Have a nice day. Hope you get something to eat fast.”
Let’s stick with the food analogy and consider a world with only discipline and no creativity.
I come home. My mother is waiting for me. I tell her I am hungry. She is ready to serve me lunch. I sit at the dining table. There is dal, rice, some bhindi and some roti.
“Mom, again the same thing?”
“Bhindi is good for you.”
“I don’t want bhindi every day.”
“This week is bhindi week.”
“What about the dal?”
“I have made it for the whole week. I save a lot of time this way. For the next week, I will make what you want.”
“It will be the same for the whole week?”
“Yes. That is the most efficient way.”
“But it is the most boring thing to do.”
Luckily, life is a happy mix of both. There is space for creativity and there is space for discipline.