A Looney Toon

A dose of looney, spontaneous and instinctual creativity can be a smart balance to the extreme rationality and hard-nosed technology in our children’s future.
Photo Credits: Sofia Age 2
August 1, 2023

I often use the expression “You silly goose!” with my 3-year-old daughter. And silly she is! As all children (so intuitively) are. Looney Toons are looney, and fathers get goofy around kids. Why is that so appropriate and intelligent? As our young Generation Alphas grow up to become responsible, practical, and dutiful adults, they will have less opportunities to allow their inner need for playful spontaneous silly expression. So how does AI relate to this?

Computers have already and will continue to appropriate what has here-to-fore been a human task. This is a gradual change in our working world that is already impacting us all, and the effects are only going to surge.

This impact raises an important question of what it means to be human. Jobs operating on fact-based logic and even creative strategies might soon be in the hands of AI, leaving Generation Alpha to learn how to function collaboratively with this mysterious entity.

This distinctly means that instinctive creativity is key in the careers of Generation Alpha, as it is the very thing that makes us uniquely and exclusively human. As parents, we can encourage qualities of irrational intuition and silly “craziness” when it comes to creativity and imagination. Since a bot functions strictly on callous logic, it will have the darndest time competing with our grown-up babes who will use their inherent need to explore, expand and change their world. The bot’s struggle will be my 3-year old’s opportunity. As parents, let’s encourage a raw creative spirit, fresh forward perspectives, and “illogical” yet instinctive ideas as we educate our children. As Dalí so brilliantly put it, “You have to systematically create confusion, it sets creativity free. Everything that is contradictory creates life.”

A dose of looney, silly, goofy, spontaneous and especially intuitive creativity will likely be a smart balance to the extreme rationality of our children’s future. And remember one thing….

WHAT SETS US APART IS OUR FREEDOM

Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a looney-goony dance
‘Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain’t been there before.

Shel Silverstein, “Put Something In”
Collage, Sky from Rene Magritte, Decalcomanie. Red curtains from Francoic Halard’s photograph of Casa Mollino (Turin, Italy) Manolito wears hat and suit by Louis Vuitton by Virgil Abloh FW2020 Menswear Stoffel labradorite ruby diamond and gold bird brooch on hat, 1920s bird brooch embellished in diamonds and gemstones, Sofa wears Valentino Haute Couture FW2011 dress (modified with doves) and lean -Paul Gaulthier Haute Couture FW2012 hat, Claude Lalanne “Golden Apple with a Mouth” (“Pomme Bouche”) 1988

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