“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
–Edward de Bono
Creativity is not edible
Back on the matters of the creativity yet again.
While creativity can’t simply be translated as “being weird.”, there is a reason why such word is essential; in a matter of word, creativity does not have to be art, it does not have to be good, but it is not simply a self-expression either. While creating things would perhaps would not need creativity; an added value in such things created according to the combination of the external thoughts, experiences, and one’s own processing ability would never hurt. In fact, creativity invokes a change in the pattern on life; though it may result in either better or worse result, the very change is what makes creativity essential.
By no means people cannot live without creativity; people can live without it. But there would be no progress in a set pattern every single human decided on his or her own. Pathetic life? Depends on how take their stances about it. But the need of creativity may be included to the hierarchy of the basic human needs in the first place. Humans seek to be different, and through creativity such set pattern is broken. Yet again, creativity is not simply using talent or experience to make new things.
In the world of business; there exists a common law, “A Product’s Life Cycle”. When a product gained its success, and reaches the peak, “maturity”, the product’s popularity would go downhill from there. Either the product turns obsolete, or there’s a better product out there. While those who chose to be a conservative may remain as a laggard, the product will eventually fall into its end of life cycle. To stop the downfall of the product, “innovation”, by means, a product of “creativity” is needed.
One true thing. Creativity; the need and utilization of it is one of the growth factor of a business. While competition its extreme heights in such era of modernization and the easiness of acquiring and sharing information, there is a need for a growth catalyst, creativity is one of such catalyst. It is not limited to mere businesses and profits, creativity is simply required to get out of a dull set of pattern, made by humans themselves.
Then again, is creativity really that important? Everyone has their own take. Creativity is not edible, and you can live without it. But you’ll be either walking in circles or stepping on where you are without really moving somewhere else.
Amongst the creative…
“The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.”
The concept of creativity is founded by society. Thus when a person is deemed “not creative” or “uncreative.”, the light of judgment is reined down through a group assessment. It’s not merely about adding value to an ordinary thing, such would be the definition of “innovation”, creativity itself has a broader concept.
It’s about links, links that were collected and connected into a concept that may marvel, or not. While the idea itself may be beaten or taken down in the process, it is what makes a person “creative”, it is the ability to connect things, and through the connection, something extraordinary or not-so-ordinary may be brought to life. Anyone can be classified as a creative person once they can bring about the storm of concepts inside their heads. An idea is an idea, but how it is brought out; it requires a creative person and such defines what kind of people that can be counted as creative.
According to the popular judgement, this would also mean that there would be no such person can be called as “the most creative.”, the title said it, that the world still spins. And through the flow of time the surge of creativity in one people can take down other creative concepts that was invented hundred or thousand years earlier. Taking notes the words of the wise:
“Nothing is done. Everything in the world remains to be done or done over. The greatest picture is not yet painted, the greatest play isn’t written, and the greatest poem is unsung.”
– Lincoln Steffens
Would you be there to take your name upstairs knowing that you would be beaten anyway? While self-expression does not exactly define creativity, there is always one who would take the challenge to bring about the seemingly-endless surge of new things. Would you take your turn, or take your time indulging yourself? One has an answer of their own.