Monday, June 25, 2012
Fast & Furious, Afghanistan, and Creativity
Creativity births more creativity. It offers hope, regeneration, and future. But what happens when we lose our ability to be creative?
Allow me to connect some dots…
The administration's failure in their recent Fast and Furious program exemplifies a hopeless and shallow creativity. The DEA allowed guns to be smuggled into Mexican cartels, with the hopes that we could follow the trail to the drug lords. Guns bring death - an easy (and very final) end to the problems surrounding drugs and violence. But like all creativity, it breeds future. And a future of death is no future at all.
But instead of new ideas, of long-term, difficult, ideas, the DEA opted for the immediate gratification of bullets to brains.
The same Taliban fighters we're fighting in Afghanistan today, we equipped and trained in the 80's. The short-sighted and shallow creativity bred a future of violence.
Guns have been done before.
Tanks have been done before.
Arms trading is old hat.
Imagine a world where our creativity is truly creative. In this world we might combat regions of war with plowshares rather than weapons of war. But we must be willing to dream of futures that we've yet to experience. We must risk it all on creativity. We must risk it all on hope.