Why Not?

Brian Bystedt

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The Existentialist

What if in the journey of mankind we never stepped outside the proverbial box, wondered what lies over the horizon or simply wondered why not? Where would we be? What would we be? The fact is we are more than hard-wired DNA, we have the capacity to dream, to create, to build. And in various ways, we all have an extraordinary ability to self-express, to create, to make it our own. But what does this mean? Simply put, each of us needs to discover what that is and make it happen. Leonardo da Vinci once said ”The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.” Stated another way, we each have the potential to create, the opportunities are boundless. So what stops us? Perhaps our thinking is the limiting factor or perhaps lack thereof. After all, if we don’t think it, can we create or change it? It is easy to observe the world around us and accept things as they are, but a plethora of creative opportunities resides in what we don’t see. That’s unbridled potential, be it in business, art or everyday living. So the big question is how do we train ourselves to envision what isn’t there?

As a species we have come a long way in a very short time. It wasn’t too long ago we were hunters and gathers striving each day to survive. But even then our ancient ancestors were involved in innovating and creating better means to survive as well, differentiating themselves through various forms of artistic expression. So it would appear we are blessed with a unique ability to think; intrinsically inquisitive and creative. So what starts the creative process? It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. While true, necessity alone can’t be responsible for all that has resulted from the creative process over the millennia. Maybe some things just looked better, tasted better, fit better, worked better, felt better, etc…and someone asked themselves “why not?”
Every step and everything that has brought us to where we are today is a result of someone’s creative idea, as well, the totality of all creative processes. Many were evolutionary and many were revolutionary. The point is each individual saw something that they wanted to change or to create. To do this they had to “imagine” it first.

Just think, there are roughly 7.4 billion people on Earth today and we are all individuals, all charting are own courses. Yet there aren’t two individual amongst all of us who express ourselves identically. We all seemingly envision…imagine things differently. Thus there are no limits to the creative process or ways to express ideas or ourselves, only the boundaries we seemingly create within us.


As a business (renditionarts.com), I search for and photograph prehistoric rock art called petroglyphs from the American Southwest. What intrigued and motivated me to do this was the desire to both preserve these works of art, but also to make these designs available for others to see, appreciate as well…wonder.
The artwork herein is called “Andromeda”. The closest anything comes to this design is a spiral galaxy. The closest spiral galaxy to Earth is Andromeda. Andromeda is not visible without a significantly powerful telescope. Thus, impossible for the times. So one can only wonder…what did he imagine? Or did he see it?
Imagine the possibilities…the world awaits your ideas, your creation, your uniqueness.

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