A New Kind of Adventure
When I read Darwin’s description of his voyage on the Beagle, I couldn’t help but be preoccupied with the excitement of the life he led. It was invigorating to imagine that you were an explorer at the helm of a ship travelling to uncharted territory, anticipation of what lies ahead manifested as a pit in the back of your throat. Feeling the spray of the cold ocean against your cheek as your knees bend and sway to accommodate to the crest the ship just traversed. The cacophony of seamen yelling commands, masts being raised, ropes chaffing calloused hands.
The beauty of paving your own trail is the essence of the human experience. For Darwin, it involved excitement, ‘savages,’ (I’ll let this racist term slide because that’s a whole separate topic) new species, and discovery. Lucky for him, he existed in a time where there were still frontiers left untapped. Today you can type any permutation of letters into a machine and get information on literally whatever you please. The excitement of discovery is lost on our generation. Due to the rapid fire development of better and faster technology that lends most devices to have a life span of no more than a year my peers and myself lead a blasé existence where there is not much left to discover.
Children play with iPads and video games where you can see someone else wielding a sword and pretend it’s themselves. While this seems imaginative, when I was a child my favorite toy was a cardboard box whose manifestation changed by the day. One day it would be a car, the next my classroom, the next a ship where I was the captain of a band of Barbie pirates. Books were outlets to worlds other than my own and flooded my mind with insane, creative, brilliant imagery.
While today’s new frontiers are explored in laboratories, and the findings are astounding, I can’t help but think how different these kinds of discoveries are making our world, and the world in which our children will live in. It would sadden me deeply to see a decline in imagination and desire for wild escapades. Are we already well on our way to a world without creativity?