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D3: The Road to Peace and True Progress

Not all arguments or disagreements are always personal attacks on the creative contributor and even if they start that way, the creative mind knows how to redirect not only the attention of both his opponent and audience but also the discussion’s talking points.

D3: The Road to Peace and True Progress is an editorial piece written and shared by Pasithea Chan under the theme Disenchanted for the month of May


D3: The Road to Peace and True Progress



In an era where creativity is the ability to mass regurgitate on social media platforms to the collective mentality; visibility via popularity lobotomized critical thinking to spread disinformation, bias, fear, and ignorance as freedom of speech. However, because the 17th-century concept of “No Man Is an Island still applies to creative minds from all walks of human knowledge; it is important to examine the D3 equation. This equation is necessary for impactful creativity as a model empowered by sharing is caring while learning to protect the living.

Creativity, the opposite of collective thinking; is a fragile spark meant to light the dark until it is killed off by winds before its timbers are set ablaze. Critical thinkers and the general public are creative minds’ timbers when they support artists, inventors, scientists, and academics in their ongoing projects. Despite that, because this spark is a multifaceted attribute, every so often it triggers persecution, social isolation, as well as physical and financial execution. Logical fallacies and fear-mongering are frequently used as talking points to deter a change in areas that can shake up market shares, loosen social control, and even interrupt power succession agendas. Usually, these sparks die either quietly under no funding labels or are publicly executed. In the latter scenario, it is often justified because it either challenged widely accepted societal norms such as believing in a god; or social constructs such as family or even the ruling party.

So How Does the D3 Equation Work?

D3 is made up of 3 concepts starting with the letter D tied to 3 results that lead to impactful creativity that also start with the letter D. I shall explain them in chronological order for clarity purposes only.  In real life, D3’s elements may be used interchangeably, depending on your field, or as required when crossing domains for collaboration and communication purposes.

Deconstruct to Differentiate:


A creative mind often has its own perspective on how resources are put together, on what tools to utilize, on why one way may work but not the other, and on where to start to shorten the learning curve or production timeline. However, when creative people put on their thinking hats, they tend to immerse themselves in abstract concepts, technicalities, and field terms that often baffle laymen leaving them in a minefield of worry and fear. Also, some may have a slight case of delusion of grandeur when they assume that their ideas are so blatantly beneficial for all and thereby must be visibly perceived as such. But the reality is that the general public almost always takes a defensive stance by holding on to “ I’ll cross the bridge when I get there” and personally attacking the said creative person if the said idea means more spending or utilizing unorthodox methods. In such situations, a scientist, academics, or artists will need to not only break down their concepts into milestones and feasibility studies but also find a way to market themselves as members of the same society/community who have the same values and needs. This deconstruct allows creative minds to ultimately differentiate themselves from those who stand to lose a lot of these innovative ideas succeed in making a change to the status quo of power games and market shares that are hinged on castling societal values with social destruction. Once a creative mind manages to step out of the need-to-be-funded label or need-to-be-marketed box for credit/appreciation rather than being labeled as the antichrist; he will find himself being asked questions about his idea not how to prove himself. This little success will allow him to move to step two of the D3’s equation of impactful creativity.


Disengage to Discourse:


Many people start their sentences with “I believe, my best guess is, or the way I see it”. These phrases indicate personal investment in these values or statements, not research or information discovery. In plain English, this person is personally defending these statements so if you attack them you attack him. In that case, creative minds need to remind themselves that they need to remind these people that with progress some information may no longer be accurate and support that with mundane examples. By mundane examples, I don’t mean just statistics or plain facts. I mean tying your numbers to their everyday aspects mainly how much they can save or how much they are currently spending and even how much easier they could get the same results they desire for lesser effort and time.  By doing this, they can’t accuse the creative thinker of calling these speakers ignorant or liars. Many manipulators use personal attacks to trigger a creative thinker’s response to personal belief statements or questions  as a talking point aimed at distraction by dividing attention. Creative minds don’t need to engage in a popularity contest or use generally accepted beliefs because they offer new truths invested in solutions and progress. However, they do need to be relatable, impartial, independent, and most of all consistently clear minded. In other words, every personal attack on a creative mind’s persona is a delaying tactic aimed at stripping their presentation of benefits and coherence. You can’t talk if you are shouting just as you can’t discuss something if you are busy defending or arguing a heated controversial issue that can’t be substantiated. After all, a creative mind must sell both his idea and values in order to make an impactful creative contribution. Accordingly, he/she need to showcase his/her idea as a valuable addition to contemporary lifestyles  as it adds value to existing human values in a society either by enhancing them or updating them to fit and match the society’s aspirations or general public’s needs. Consider this a repackaging of a creative contribution for an instant assimilation effect. Once a creative mind manages to engage people in a discussion that is meaningful, informative, and current with respect to their needs; then this part of the equation has been successfully achieved which means time to move to step three.

Deliberate to Disenchant:

Not all arguments or disagreements are always personal attacks on the creative contributor and even if they start that way, the creative mind knows how to redirect not only the attention of both his opponent and audience but also the discussion’s talking points. Creative minds need to remember that many people who are paid or pushed to attack a creative mind on social media have very short focus and attention span which means they have an exhaustive list of talking points that are filled with logical fallacies, gap fillers, and emotional baggage that instantly dilute discussions with emotional outbursts. With that being said, creative minds need to come up with questions that will prevent these toxic minds from questioning/interrupting them by kicking the ball back into their courts i.e., making them defend themselves. The more time they get to question a creative mind the longer it will take to capture the general public because in this scenario the public will see them as cross-examining the creative mind which spells power position. However, if the creative mind reverses the position by asking the regurgitator to consider a situation or choose between two options; then that will put the asker in a position of power. I personally avoid political and personal beliefs’ questions not out of fear but because I know they are long overdue commercials meant to throw me off course. In other words, I will talk about me when my professional experience is examined. My personal choices and personal life is not a part of the creative package. This is important when setting boundaries as you can’t convince people to change their minds. They have to see for themselves whether this change is what they need in order for them to make up their minds and take action. Still, before you can do that, you need to show them that you are trying to understand them while helping them understand you. Once you manage to hold your ground by sticking to your timeline and planned course of action, you will manage to disenchant those who can think for themselves and with luck they might be people who can influence those who are easily influenced. In the end, you must always remember that you don’t need to be a scientist or an academic to exercise critical thinking because it can be learned and taught through continuous training. Still, you must always remember that knowing something is one thing, sharing and normalizing knowing it for the common good is another when it comes to change especially changes that reflect on societal values. You see, knowing something requires identifying it but sharing something requires making it communicable; meaning coining it with benefit or associating it with a value that makes it worth having.

Know your audience to be seen, know your weakness to be safe, know your ace to dominate, know your foe to better maneuver, know your terrain to avoid obstacles & delays, know your timeline & wallet size to excel. After all, contribution to change and true progress are what constitute a creative minds legacy but it will all depend on  how well a qualitative output is received by its end users. Only three things will guarantee a well-received  qualitative creative output and they are: (1) marketing skills for public support and funding, (2) the art of lobbying for creative agendas, and (3) the art of crossing domains for better collaboration and communication for both business and public relations purposes.

Whether you are an artist, a scientists, an academic, a skilled worker, or a white collared professional you need to Deconstruct to Differentiate, Disengage to Discourse, and Deliberate to Disenchant if you want to be an impactful creative mind that works towards true progress.

This is how D3 works to remind sheeple that we need creative minds for new ideas to make today’s impossibility tomorrow’s reality because imagination is more important than knowledge.

I decided to share D3 because it is the way to true progress, and this is my stand on creativity for true progress in humanity. Thank you for reading.


Read more from Pasithea Chan by reading her previous posts here. You can also find her brand of poetry on Facebook.

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Pasithea is a budding Lebanese Filipino impressionist who enjoys writing poetry in symbolism laced with philosophy and psychology.

Given her legal background having worked as legal and risk management consultant in MENA and the far east; she also writes legal and academic articles.

Her creative writing has been read on several podcasts and radios and was featured in several magazines and anthologies including: Envision Arts, Rigorous, Fevers of the Mind, Osprey's Empire, Voices of the Real and Suicide.

Having written 2500+ poems and more than 12 short stories; Pasithea writes in various styles but prefers pieces that have double meanings to allow a reader to delve deeper into her works.

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