Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Creativity and Christianity

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I have recently come to regard creativity as second only to love in God's scale of values; perhaps the second-most-important attribute of God; after love. This implies that creativity is perhaps also the second-most-important human value, after love.

The relationship can be clarified by thinking of love as primarily directed towards persons (which is the normal kind of love) or towards values (which is creativity).

This creativity is a consequence of love of non-personal positive values: truth, beauty, virtue, Goodness, harmony - and their subdivisions. So a primarily creative person can be regarded as one whose love is directed at values, rather than persons - in that sense they are devoted primarily to abstractions.

(Creative people are seldom 'good with people', indeed being on average much less interested or influenced by 'other people' than is usual. The opposite also applies as a generality. So, as creative scientists are seldom good with people, scientists who are adept a networking, management and who are interested by groups and committees are seldom creative. The psychological relationship of creativity and sociality is antagonistic.)

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Creativity can then be seen as a consequence of loving abstract Goods. Just as love of persons points towards fecundity of persons (family, marriage, friendship) - love of Goods points-towards fecundity of Goods.

(The good creativity of a genius is positive behaviour as a consequence of a love of God's values; the creativity of an evil genius is destructive of The Good: it is a consequence of rejection, often hatred, of God's values.)

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Someone who loves literature will want to add to the possibilities of literature; the scientist will want to add to science, the painter to painting; a concert pianist who loves music or  an actor who loves acting will want each and every performance to be a re-creation of music; a teacher who loves teaching will want each lecture to be an unique event growing from that love.

The positive creative impulse or impetus (which may be very variously expressed, and only partially recognized as such) is therefore a natural overflowing of the creative person's love of God's values as expressed in an abstract subject matter.

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Most people are relatively uncreative; only a few people are highly creative, and even fewer are primarily creative. This may suggest that God makes most people in hope they will choose to live by love of persons (including Himself) above all (to be "people-persons"); but that God also makes a few people who love God's own values above all (therefore, they are destined not to be people-persons): this creative minority would include most of the real geniuses, whose main life efforts and energies are directed non-socially.

Creativity seems to be (perhaps) the only valid positive spiritual path or 'way' to be solitary, or to 'neglect' fellow Men.

In effect, the dedicated creative person loves God before Man (as is commanded) but this creative love is expressed primarily via love of God's values rather than God's person.

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2 comments:

njartist said...

Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.


John Gill's commentary:
"and the life was the light of men; the life which was in, and by the word, was, with respect to men, a life of light, or a life attended with light: by which is meant, not a mere visive faculty, receptive of the sun's light, but rational knowledge and understanding; for when Christ, the word, breathed into man the breath of life, and he became a living soul, he filled him with rational light and knowledge"

If the Word, that is, Christ, is the source of of rational knowledge doesn't it make sense to understand that Creativity and belief in Christ go hand in hand.

santoculto said...

Christianity fight against creativity, just like any other dogmatic culture. Christianity is the result of creative thoughts, metaphors, allegories, but like most ideas, will tend to ossify.

His attempt to relate the '' good '' to '' Christianity '' does not seem from a really rational analysis of the role of it in the suffering of millions of human beings and realize that I'm not the famous coward Western atheist who speaks evil, that is, says truths about Christianity and praises the other pseudo-religions.

Unfortunately or course, creativity is a phenotype that includes all kinds of behaviors, from the good to the bad. And unfortunately, many good ideas of creative people, like me, are not taken into consideration, because as often happens, creativity always seeks to go against the official orthodoxy, especially if it's a stupid orthodoxy. But of course, creative individuals tend to vary widely in their idealistic preferences.

Christianity was an attempt to understand the world. Creativity evolves with the advancement of human knowledge. Creativity is diversification, sophistication and improvement of this knowledge. Perhaps, we need creative individuals to improve Christianity, wiping their usual hypocrisy, which are fundamental heritage of their religion motherboard.