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Bright spark?

Posted on: August 30, 2017

Any creative endeavour needs critical balance. So even a straightforward slogan is not exempt from critique.

Uh, the point of a spark is to start a fire. Fires, particularly uncontrolled and poorly managed ones, are destructive. The immediate future of such a fire might look like this.
 

 
My point is this: You can be a spark, but do not expect the future to be a rosy one.

A fire might be controlled and managed in a kiln. I choose that example because schools are often described as moulding the future. If students are clay to be moulded, they are hardened by fire in a kiln.

In unskilled hands, the clay artefacts can look like monsters. My acquaintances who dabble in pottery remind me that good results are not guaranteed and to always expect the unexpected.

Clay kids might not hold their shape because they are more pliable before firing. While hardness is desirable after firing, they also become brittle.

Critics might point out what I just said was not the intent of the slogan or that no one thinks like that. I just did and did so not to be mean. Words hold meaning, some intended and some not. Unless the next slogan is in emoji, I say we add a healthy dose of critical analysis to creative writing.

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