In the first part of this series, we defined creativity as rearranging the building blocks of reality. Let’s go further and break down that definition to analyze and apply it. We will work backwards and start with the word “reality.” The end is the very best place to start as the saying goes.
Reality is the observable world around us. What we see, smell, hear, touch, and taste. Sadly, most of us see sections of reality as a flat spot in the terrain. We know they exist but we don't explore them any further. There is nothing abnormal with seeing flat spots in reality. This is where contentment, apathy, and comfort exist. Our favorite emotions! They're so nice to us and easy to experience.
Reality must be there for us to be creative. The human mind is comparable to man himself. It's not a bird. It doesn't fly in the air, it can't just glide and think and end up where it needs to be. Our thoughts build on a foundation of what is real. You will see as we progress in this study that contrary to typical buildings creativity actually builds downward.
The transition between reality and creative building blocks is called curiosity and it has killed many a cat. But actually the creative process is as simple as asking questions.
- Mark Baral, December 2017