Whether or not you discover your talents and passions is partly a matter of opportunity. If you’ve never been sailing, or picked up an instrument, or tried to teach or to write fiction, how would you know if you had a talent for these things?
When I was 13, I did become a Christian. And so it was when I was 13, that I thought… I just… I really saw a good example in Jesus and how he was just so… such a tremendous radical love and service of the poor. I just thought, ‘Man, why can’t we all do the same?’
The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages and maths all have equal and central contributions to make to a student’s education.
You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.
All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think.
You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and get the best out of them.
We live in worlds that we have forged and composed. It’s much more true than any of the species that you see. I mean, it seems to me that one of the most distinctive features of human intelligence is the capacity to imagine, to project out of our own immediate circumstances and to bring to mind things that aren’t present here and now.
I really consider my goal is that, wherever I am in life, I want to be a social advocate.