Monday, July 1, 2013

CREATIVITY



Talk-talk, number-numbers, opinions-opinions -- lots of jabber about what -- about "creativity" as potentially money-making ideas.

I think it's hammering, squashing, crushing and compressing creativity.

I am convinced that the analysis of creativity, the defining of the creative process in "How To" textbooks -- the teaching of creativity in college classes is killing creativity.

KILLING  IT? Yep, like weed killer kills weeds -- the weeds grow but can't thrive.

Creative ideas are weeds. They crowd out what is deemed helpful, important and attractive  (as in "nice to look at").  Weeds crowd-out pretty flowers, so of course we kill the weeds.

In April, at the Creativity Conference of  2013 -- sponsored by Time, Microsoft, and the Motion Picture Association of America, to discuss creativity's role in academics, the workplace, its potential as a force for good around the world -- the guest speaker, Bill Clinton, who always (almost always) has constructive ideas to contribute, made a 45 minute speech, during which he talked about the importance of creativity for mankind, America, and our economy.

Oh yes indeed, he got applause for being Bill, the brilliant, articulate but relaxed idea man who gathers facts, factors, and invariably presents a plan of action.

Click this link -- there was no plan -- but you'll hear Bill rambling, telling the audience that creativity was great.

Hey, it is! Creativity is in all of us, but how to sense it, wake it up, get oneself  creating --  that's what's important. It's THERE -- but you've got to listen to the murmurs and whispers inside you  -- pay attention to how you feel when you wake, eat, start working but aren't yet working, just getting ready to focus.

There is a voice, a sense, an intuition. It ho-hums, hisses, even yells -- more often, in a childlike tone, says, wish I could do this -- wouldn't it be interesting to do that... why don't I just do it 

Hear that voice, try whatever it is -- laughing, dare-deviling, or disobediently ignoring everything else that you're set to do. Just do. Do whatever you can do to let the thought grow.  

You've got to be courageous if something creative visits your mind.

Here's "Why Man Creates" -- an award winning 25 minute documentary.  Even if you don't have time right now, take a look. I have to admit I don't really understand it, but somehow it's conveying what I feel and KNOW about creativity.      


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