Thursday, February 12, 2009

Creativity, Chaos, and the Cuckoo Clock

This bit of profundity about the origins of creativity comes from the wonderful 1949 movie, The Third Man, when Orson Welles' character says:

"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance.

"In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce?

"The cuckoo clock."

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