I was reading the Washington Post the other day , when it was discussing a study group that spent 22 years reviewing the Tora (the Five Books of Moses), under the direction of their rabbi, Rav Stuart Weinblatt. Which reminded me of what actions a group of us from my old synagogue accomplished.
I mentioned a few days ago how Leonardo Da Vinci was one of my childhood heroes. And, he not only amped up my interest in science and painting- but in poetry. So, telling you that Edgar Allen Poe was among the first poets to pique my fancy should not surprise you. (I am talking about The Raven, But to be honest, while Annabelle Lee is also among my favorite poems, my heart belongs to to the sublime e.e. cummings…) But, I digress.
I admit it. I’ve never been a fan of Ponzi or pyramid schemes. And, I’m not talking about Mr. Ponzi himself- or even Bernie Madoff. No, I’m talking about Herbalife (Bill Ackman’s averral the Herbalife is a pyramid scheme, 22 July 2014) and those other ‘get rich’ schemes that make folks money by skimming the profits off other unsuspecting souls. You know, sell a product and your “upstream” team takes a portion, leaving you a smaller portion of the “profits”. The only way you make real money is to con a slew of folks to work for you- and to find others to work for them- as you skim the profits from their labors.
We can (no, should!) enhance creativity in our kids and employees. Because our genetic composition only provides about 1/3 of our creative capabilities (eugenics). The rest of our creative juices are developed as a result of the environment in which we grow and live (euthenics).
Maybe this is why we come up with our best ideas when we sleep? It seems that we are more creative when the lights are turned down low- very low.