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Quotable: Hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing

Quotable: Hell is a place where nothing connects with nothing

This quotation is taken from T.S. Elliot’s Introduction to Dante’s Inferno. The line tells about most unbearable disadvantage of Hell. And it is disconnection. Isolation often turns into the most intolerable torture. However, the line is interesting because it tells about most valuable human truth, it talks about connection, collaboration, exchange.

Recently, Jonah Lehrer claimed in his book “Imagine: How Creativity works” that human connection is the ultimate source of creativity and jaw dropping ideas. We find most valuable ideas when we exchange, talk, go out and meet with people, as many as possible. Despite our utter reluctance to meet with new people, sometimes, and our often increasing demand for serenity to work in peace, that we think is ideal situation for work, we are wrong. We don’t produce more ideas, don’t solve more crisis, don’t accomplish more complex problems when we live in tranquility rather the scenario is quite opposite. We become more productive when we stay in crowd, we listen people to talk, even irrelevant, we exchange ideas, take suggestions and more. Connections lead us to the epiphany of creativity, to the ladder of productivity, and we become what we want to be.

Mohammad Ruhul Kader is a Dhaka-based entrepreneur and writer. He founded Future Startup, a digital publication covering the startup and technology scene in Dhaka with an ambition to transform Bangladesh through entrepreneurship and innovation. He writes about internet business, strategy, technology, and society. He is the author of Rethinking Failure. His writings have been published in almost all major national dailies in Bangladesh including DT, FE, etc. Prior to FS, he worked for a local conglomerate where he helped start a social enterprise. Ruhul is a 2021 winner of Emergent Ventures, a fellowship and grant program from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He can be reached at [email protected]

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