“We are all born originals - why is it so many of us die copies?”

― Edward Young

'It is well known that a child learns to walk, to talk, and to know his way around the world just by trying something out and seeing what happens, then modifying what he does (or thinks) in accordance with what has actually happened.'

'In this way, he spends his first few years in a wonderfully creative way, discovering all sorts of things that are new to him, and this leads people to look back on childhood as a kind of lost paradise.'

'As the child grows older, however, learning takes on a narrower meaning. In school, he learns by repetition to accumulate knowledge, so as to please the teacher and pass examinations.'

'At work, he learns in a similar way, so as to make a living, or for some other utilitarian purpose, and not mainly for the love of the action of learning itself.'

'So his ability to see something new and original gradually dies away. And without it there is evidently no ground from which anything can grow.'

© David Bohm 'On Creativity'

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