As a result we aspire to very low benchmarks
Eden Project creator Tim Smit says Britain is far from being “broken” and should raise its sights, be confident and aim for energy independence.
I loathe innovation. I detest creativity. I hate centres of excellence, out-of-the-box thinking and cutting edge. I hate “thinking the unthinkable”.
When I go to innovation conferences I am a nightmare. They want to hear the guru speak.
They look really depressed when I say: “The only thing I can tell you about innovation is to remember something that many of us have lost, and it is called trust.”
We live in a world where the accountant is king, where lawyers rule, where trust is never really an option, and where cynics say things cannot be done and use words like “realism” to protect themselves.
As a result we aspire to very low benchmarks. Yet we all know, as CS Lewis famously once said, that whilst science may lead you towards truth, only the imagination can lead you towards meaning.
That is a really profound idea, because we live in a society where if we do not have dreams and aspirations, we are no better than pigs at a trough, consuming to pass time because nothing inspires us.
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