Living in the uncertainty and creativity

Dr. Djuwari, M.Hum
President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER)
Dosen Bahasa Inggris STIE Perbanas Surabaya

The future is uncertain but this uncertainty is at the very heart of human creativity (Ilya Prigogone: 1917-2003)

Ilya Prigogine was born in Moscow, on January 25, 1917. It was before the Russian Revolution. He died on May 28, 2003. He pointed out that determinism will always lose its explanatory power toward the instability. In order he could innovate in his field of chemistry, he preferred being against the determination. He said everything can always change without any determination.

This underlies the stance that uncertainty should lead us to be more and more creative. It is creative to find the ways. This applied in the pandemic today. Corona virus disease (Covid) pandemic is really disastrous. All sectors in human lives are devastated. People around the world are affected. All the nations get the impact of this pandemic. The most critical thing is the absence of clarity. There is no clear answer when this pandemic totally ends.

The World Health Organization (WHO), on 19-24 August 2020, stated that the world has invested 12 trillion dollars in keeping economies moving. The vaccine is still being researched. It will also be produced for all the nations throughout the world. But, when can all of us stop the pandemic? There is no determination. If we adapts to Ilya’s stand point, we will lead to being creative to find ways. If not, it needs the greatest national leader to change the condition.

Covid 18 has no compromise with us. It has no exact signal when it ends. All the leaders throughout the world have not yet known exactly when this pandemic stops. Living seems full of uncertainty. There is no clear answer for the question when Covid 19 ends.

Living under the uncertainty has multi-effects. People who are not sure about the future tend to bored. And, therefore, the leader of any country should try hard to find the panacea. The president as the national leader should try hard to solve the problems affected by the pandemic.

Social problem is also crucial. People without personal interaction lead them to be more individualistic. Communication and interaction using technology is good and efficient. Yet, it can result in the social-gap. People will live in isolation without humanistic interaction. The natural interaction can raise humanity values.

Economic problem is even more daunting. People living in the uncertainty economically tend to be more dangerous. No money to spend for basic necessity. No money to pay for their daily needs. Staying at home for the blue collars like them is impossible. They have to work in daily paid: wages. They are not paid monthly: salary. It leads to poverty.
From a comprehensive perspective–Yuanzhi Guo, in his research in 2019– had pointed out about poverty.

Poverty not only refers to the scarcity of material, social and cultural resources, but also involves the lack of capabilities, opportunities and access to social services (Yuanzhi Guo, 2019)

During the pandemic, people have reduced materials. They have a reduced social interaction. They also have less cultural services. More strikingly, people lose their capabilities, opportunities, and access to social services as well.
But for those who can adapt to the situation, they can be creative. They can create any activity to produce either product or services.

Unfortunately, not all the people can do it. Ilya Prigogine (1917-2003) wants us to adapt to the uncertainty. During the uncertain condition, human beings tend to be more creative. Can we do it? If not, the national leader in any country should do the best to create the panacea. (*)


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