Week 36: Creativity

Originality – Unconventionality

I never let my schooling interfere with my education. [Mark Twain] Originality is not necessarily a product of spontaneity, though it may be. A person with an invention may be exceptionally good at what she does, may be especially insightful or may just get lucky. Usually, though, certain people seem to
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Spontaneity

Scientists then speak of the “scales falling from the eyes” or of the “lightening flash” that “inundates” a previously obscure puzzle enabling its components to be seen in a new way that for the first time permits its solution. [Thomas S. Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (University of Chicago Press,
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Inspiration

Sometimes creativity gets a boost, like a car being jump-started, or a breath of air to restore life. Those moments are called inspirational.
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Resourcefulness and Innovation

RESOURCEFULNESS and INNOVATION as PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: Resourcefulness is creativity in action. It is taking the available resources, using them to the fullest and thereby finding an answer or invention or a new discovery that was previously unseen. “-fulness” is key: the answer was available all along but by making fuller
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Imagination

Imagination is the intellect’s creative force. Before the concrete idea is the imagined and desired state. This may demand the temporary abandonment of rationality but the process, overall, is rational and thoroughly reasonable: when one seeks a changed state of affairs, there are many tools on which human beings can
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Enthusiasm

In addition to being the moving force behind transcendence, enthusiasm is also the emotional component of creativity. When a person is engulfed with enthusiasm, her excitement gives rise to greater focus and concentration of energy, and often is a product of a new insight or opening. That is why it
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Creativity

Creativity is the engine of Humanistic religion. Harmony is its navigation system. People are drawn to creativity because it encourages them to be free. Yet many people stifle their creativity. For that reason, creativity is an ideal as well as a daily practice. This week, we will explore the elements
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