The Brotherhood – Part 97

The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.

Committees don’t create.

Okay, I’m saying that out loud for the first time, and so far it sounds right. Today’s emphasis on teams, particularly in the workplace has brought renewed vigor to promotion, coordination, management, even leadership. But committees don’t create.

Committees expand, prove, and build strategies to implement the creative ideas that cross their conference tables, but they don’t create.

The capacity to create lies in the heart of the individual–always has. Edison’s genius brought us many things we’re pretty sure we can’t live without. Special thanks to Mr. Bell for the phone idea, though I wonder if he ever anticipated I’d be using it to check baseball scores. There’s a reason why your internal definition of inventor pictures a guy with frizzy gray hair holding a beaker that’s bubbling over with a smoky white foam. ‘Cause committees don’t create–people do.

I’m sure a few creative ideas have come out of some small groups that seem to look like a committee, but if you were in the room, you’d discover that the nexus of the idea, the original picture of the dream wasn’t birthed in the mind of some, but of one.To date, we can’t link our brains with electrodes and merge our imaginations. Creative thinking is the process of waiting for one guy to get the idea we need.

Why does this matter? I don’t know. Maybe I just needed an answer to the repeated solution of “let’s get a committee together.” More likely, these thoughts appeared to encourage you to think, to dream, to imagine solutions and ideas–to be creative. I’m pretty sure that’s a large piece of what it means to be made in the image of the Ultimate Creator.

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