“Do you want to go chinny-stoving with me?” I asked one and all, as if this were an accepted practice or pastime.
“What’s that?” they all invariably asked.I didn’t exactly know at first. The phrase just flew into my mind, and I was fascinated by the sound of it. Days later, I saw someone rubbing his chin (a gesture of deep contemplation), and the image that immediately came to mind, in connection with that, was an old-fashioned stove! That’s when I knew the meaning of chinny-stoving: the ideas that come from chin-rubbing contemplation, backed in an old-style stove so that they would reach fruition! Indeed, what the world lacks most are ideas — fresh, original ideas which come from the depths of the human soul. World leaders are almost universally educated in a way that demands total conformity to the status quo, thereby cutting off the flow of ideas which could genuinely improve the world. Consequently, we all swing back and forth between stale, dead ideologies of one kind or another, never knowing the thrill of genuine systemic innovation.
“Let’s go chinny-stoving!” I screamed with renewed zeal, now that I understood the meaning of this strange phrase. Soon thereafter, there were a bunch of people, somewhere in the world, engaging in chin-rubbing contemplation and then baking ideas in an old-fashioned stove (because the old-fashioned stoves were sturdier and conveyed the impression that VERY serious baking/cooking was going to take place). ”We must bake our ideas at 450 degrees Farenheit until done,” I declared, fully aware that I sounded like a cookbook.
Only when we allow ourselves to go chinny-stoving will we be able to create a better world.