The Art of Creative Destruction

Burn it down.  

Strip everything away.  

Tend to the soil.  


As some of you may know, I’ve added a feature to my Facebook page recently I call “Daily RAIN,” a handy acronym for “Robin’s Advice In a Nutshell.”  

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Daily RAIN was developed because some of my readers have a short attention span yet still demand content.  Delivered usually in less than 20 words or so, I hope I’m not taxing their tiny brains.

After a day of frustration and jumping to conclusions yesterday, I woke up with this Daily RAIN itching to be typed:

Practice the beautiful art of creative destruction. If something isn’t working, become your own historical arsonist. Burn it down and build a better ________.

“Creative destruction,” or the eradication of the old as it is replaced by the new, is usually heard in economic terms but is equally applicable in nature and in our lives.

A forest fire can be both destructive and necessary to the future health of the ecosystem.

A toxic marriage can be ended and a symbiotic, beautiful new relationship begun.

A thwarted and fruitless political effort can be abandoned for something new.  

Something bigger.

Something smarter.

Something different.

Christian theologian and philosopher St. Augustine of Hippo wrote:

Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

St. Augustine was a fascinating fellow who had a very deep impact on the Christian Church way back in the day.  I daresay he had a big brain, but I’m pushing back on that quote which is so nearly perfect, but not quite.  

Perfect would be this:

Hope has two beautiful parents; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.

Anger and Courage give birth to Hope, and Hope in turn gives birth to Change.  That makes more sense, right?

I think Auggie would agree with me on this one – maybe he got into a little bit too much of the communion wine when he wrote what was otherwise a pretty cool observation.

And thus today I set aside my chagrin and disquiet over the death of this year’s alimony reform bill and put pen to paper (more or less) in development of a new strategy and approach to solving this problem.  

I’m not reinventing the wheel, I’m throwing the damn thing out and building a jet plane.

What about you?  Is there something in your life not working?  Are you afraid of the destruction that will come from making a change?  

Can’t you see the destruction is happening already?