Caged by Color

Why are all the walls and furniture at high schools and colleges neutral colors? This is a question that I have pondered time and time again; it causes me to wonder who made that decision. I have always considered myself a creative person however the environment in my middle school, high school, and University has been so uninspiring that my creativity has not been boosted. Watching the TED talk with Sir Ken Robinson made me laugh and sparked something in making me glad that I’m not the only one who has issues with creativity in schools. Not only is it the colors of classrooms that don’t encourage creativity but also the straight rows of desks or tables and the subjects, which have the most emphasis, placed on them such as math. My sudden insight is important because the lack of creativity and interest of the environment students are in makes it difficult and sometimes embarrassing to use all of the creativity students have. Creativity spurs everyone’s imagination and without it us humans would be a pretty boring group of people.

I remember when I was in girl scouts during elementary school my troop went on a trip to see an exhibit about the Titanic. The memories are vague now but the most vivid memory is me sliding my hand along the huge freezing cold piece of ice that was supposed to represent the iceberg that the Titanic hit. Upon entering the exhibit we were each given a piece of paper with a name on it of a real person who was on the Titanic and when you hit the end of the exhibit we had to find “our” name on a list to see whether or not we had escaped safely or died. It’s a chilling idea really but when I was younger it all just seemed exciting and to this day the Titanic fascinates me. I’ve seen the movie and read countless books revolving around the winking of the massive ship. The article by Hull really resounded with me because when I think of all the people in both ships sinking regardless of the efforts of those in the slave ship is a point that I know that it’s relevant to society today. For example, no matter the amount of hard work that you do to save the environment or for any other cause, it can still be pointless because it’s not a group effort and not everyone is aware of the problem at hand. If you asked someone to tell you how the environment was doing on a global level they would probably know the answer. However, if you were to ask them how they were trying to make a change for the environment chances are you’d be greeted by silence. This is why Hull’s article is so useful, it spreads awareness and causes the reader to reflect on what they are doing. Reading about the concept of futurism was informative and I really enjoyed how the author drew innovative new things or twists on something existing because I can relate to drawing odd things as I drew girls with cat heads growing up to which everyone but my parents thought was pretty different. Attempting to find new solutions for our environment by drawing pictures is an amazingly creative idea. The idea of futurism seemed far fetched in my mind as I read it the first time but after reflecting on it I have realized just how relevant and useful it is because of how out of the box the author’s ideas are.

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