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We are problem-solving creatures. We love a challenge and without them we don’t grow and mature fully. Perhaps it is also the case that if we are under-stimulated – if we are not using our intelligence and particularly our problem-solving abilities sufficiently – we suffer.

To take this a step further, I have often wondered that if we don’t use our wonderful intelligence (that should really be plural as there are many kinds), it will turn inward and create problems so we have something to occupy us.

If this is so, creative though the human mind is, the problems it creates tend to be disturbing and even disabling. It would be great if an under-used intellect could set its owner crosswords and Sudoku to keep itself busy, but it doesn’t. Mostly, it comes up with different variations on a theme of ‘something to worry about’.

This poses the question in an ever-simplified and institutionalised  world where increasingly we are not required to make, create or do things that challenge us, how will we fare in emotional and spiritual terms?

 

2 Responses to “We Are Natural Problem-Solvers, That’s the Problem”

  1. This reminds me of the quote (can’t remember source unfortunately) “if you’re not playing a big enough game you’ll screw up the one you’re playing, just to give yourself something to do.” I think this points to the same issue: we are problem-solving but also problem-generating creatures!

     

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