Disclaimer: This post could sound insensitive to some. I do not mean to offend anyone, I am simply looking at some heavier topics in a broad and critical perspective.
Creativity is important. Humans use it to express themselves. You may be drafting a story, writing a poem, building your dream car, sculpting a figurine, or painting a picture, but it all stems from a reflection of the artist, you.
Some of the most creative people have given the world beautiful gifts. Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Leonardo Da Vinci, Stephen Hawkings, Marie Curie, Mary Wollestonecraft, etc. But, also, some of the most creative people have terrorized nations as well, like the Zodiac Killer, Ted Bundy, Edmund Kemper, Jeffrey Dahmer, Magadalena Solís, etc. Their plans were incredibly pre-meditated, horrific, and creative. Creative in the sense that what they do creates heartbreak for families, chaos for communities, and fear within the nations.
Here is where I believe that there are limitations to creativity. Being too creative, as mentioned above, is scary. Something new and daring, such as murdering your neighbor or the two girls that live down the road from you in a sadistic manner, can be considered art to a killer. It can be considered creative to them because it’s not the norm to be a murderer. Human experimentation could also be put into this topic of overboard-creativity. For those who have supported or do support (I can’t imagine why) it, believe that through their efforts of experimenting on people, they are able to understand the body and how things affect them.
I hope this isn’t too heavy for you, or maybe change the way you think of me. I swear I am a loving person. I just didn’t know how else to convey my opinions about this topic, without being blunt. Creativity gone far is definitely a topic to think about… however, you could also look at the limitations put on human creativity.
This topic is actually all too familiar with me. Graduating as an English major and a writer, I see that people do not always look at the humanities as a serious career path or plan. The humanities are the most creative division in universities. Yet, in schools that do not specialize in the arts, these departments are always lacking in faculty and funding. Why is that? Why does the overall census of people have to be that science and mathematics are more meaningful? It’s the balance, people. The balance of all subjects that make the environment harmonious. Why are we putting a damper on the arts, on the creative side of our brains? We shouldn’t be limiting that.
So… just think about it. Tell me what you think in the comments, if you disagree or agree, or even have a different take on this blog title.
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Curly Island Girl
This is really interesting, I’ve never thought about creativity overkill (literally) before. Also, it is a shame to see a dampening of creativity and artistry in university environments. Honestly, balance is important and creativity is hopefully becoming more valuable to mainstream society and culture because of the internet. We are limited in our creativity by our ability to take action in expression and execution of creative ideas, however, the extent of our creative experience seems limitless despite creative slumps. Society has downplayed the importance of emotional awareness along with the value of artistry, which I think has led to a disconnect from the human experience and the accompanying evolution of culture and spirituality. We, as a worldwide community, need to encourage the development of depth in young people for the sake of reconnecting with our inner selves on a larger scale, so as to avoid further apathy towards the human condition; which is our connection to and separation from everything and everyone around us. Loved this post! Looking forward to more posts on your blog.
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Thank you, Brandon! Yes, I too, believe that society has not been paying little to no attention to both emotions and artistry. I think it is very important that we instill it in the following generations.