Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As Creativity Ages

We seem to be reading a lot about Creativity lately ... and well beyond this MOOC.  Creativity and the word innovation, appear in so many contexts, in so many places.  Is this a new desire of the socially connected and mobile societies we encounter on the internet?  Is the use of the terminology wishful thinking or a new approach to finding solutions to age old problems? Are these contemporary buzz words to describe an utopian aspiration?  I am often perplexed by the use of the terminology and wonder if the users understand the underlying contexts. 

In order to put some perspective on the topics, I dug back into history a wee bit to see what some earlier folks had to say on the matters of creativity.  


Life must be lived as play.

No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.

Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.

Science is nothing but perception.

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

What I really am impressed by is the use of play ... it makes all else more enjoyable, and thus, maybe easier when we have obstacles facing us.
What do you think?  I am going to check in with Aristotle next and discover what he has said ...


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