I finally finished Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and I was struck by a passage from his book about the importance of creating culture:
It is exhilirating to build culture – to be an artist, a scientist, a thinker, or a doer. All too often, however, the joy of discovery fails to be communicated to young people, who turn instead to passive entertainment. But consuming culture is never as rewarding as producing it. If it were only possible to transmit the excitement of the people we interviewed to the next generation, there is no doubt that creativity blossom. (Italics added.)
In this day an age where we are bombarded by so much media and we are pushed to buy more and more, it is refreshing to think in a different way. It is very easy to go out and consume culture, but to actually be a part of producing culture can be a powerful feeling. When your mind is at rest, it will never grow and achieve. If you are constantly using your brain for creative endeavors, though, you open up a world of opportunities to have a happy and secure life.