Time & The Purposeful Accident
This week on The Larb I’m taking with Ray Heffernan about the purposeful accident, a concept that encourages us to create for the sake of creating. It is an idea that suggests that we go out on purpose to create our work for no other reason than to create, then see what happens.
In this article on The Creativity Post, I read first about the concept of The Purposeful Accident. It resonated with me because I’ve had the distinct experience that planning the shit out of things is actually counter productive. From that I thought about developing the idea of the plan of no plan. The purposeful accident is a better description of that idea.
Ray lives in a sleepy Italian village and takes his time about things. In this episode we get talking about creativity and how that fits in with the larger world. We discuss why it is that sometimes the greatest things seem to come about by no specific effort of our own.
Road are getting bigger, journeys are getting shorter but to what end? It seems that we may be sacrificing the benefit and experience of the journey for the sake of the end game. It’s almost like we are rushing towards our end without really living a life.
Maybe we should be less focused on the outcome because that outcome doesn’t last. There’s no gratification in the outcome. Before we know it it’s gone. Maybe we should take the long slow road, perhaps the joy of it all is in that instead?