Last week we finalized the idea that creativity builds downward from existing reality.
When we establish creative idea we place it down or beneath the ideas that are already in place. How do you place something “down” without it falling into the abyss? The object must be connected to another, higher object. That is exactly what happens with our creative idea. It hangs down, attached to the block above that came before ours, like a link in a chain. Each link is unique and separate, sometimes even brand new! But they are attached to each other and thus they are inseparable. You can't take one away from another without severe consequence. You can study them separately but eventually you will be studying the entire chain.
This thought chain grows, each idea hanging onto the one before it until you reach the original idea that is attached to flat reality. As you step down these chain links like stairs you enter layers of deeper and deeper understanding. You go farther down towards creativity. Remember: not up; down.
Please realize that both up and down hold the same amount of potential. Going down is not better than going up. It's just different. Instead of going up into unknown places where ambiguity and "freedom" lies, we tend to dig deeper down into what things are really about. As we combine more ideas together, the big shocking combinations within a category diminish and we're left with small changes and little applications. It may be a bit claustrophobic and restricting but like a narrowing trail on a mountain side, it serves no purpose except to make it abundantly clear which direction you are headed. Soon the direction becomes undeniable. I once hiked to the top of a mountain in Colorado. The closer we got to the peak the narrower trail got to the point that it was a sheer drop off plunging hundreds of feet down the side of the mountain on either side of my feet. I knew without a doubt I wasn't supposed to go to the right or left, but straight on ahead.
This is the point we’ve reached with creativity. The more we understand about each aspect, the more we create and learn. Creative thought process repeats itself and as the path narrows we see that it is pointing us to the glory of God's creation. As we gain more understanding, we understand how all human concepts of the physical reality flow downwards from the original processes and building blocks of creation.
- Mark Baral, 2018