Creativity

    “Those who are not prepared to be wrong will never have an original idea” (Ken Robinson). A quote displaying the pure fundamentals of creativity. Creativity, whilst taking note of practicality, first needs to be expressed in a limitless form, allowing an idea to grow and expand before being refined though processes of practicality.

    Ideas start larger than they can compensate for, through compromise they meet with practicality to form within the current reality they are situated in, i.e. the idea initially will be ‘wrong’ yet can be adapted to fit; 300 years ago humans never dreamed of flight as a reality, now it has become the norm for 21st century citizens. This idea links with mistakes; mistakes are essential part of being human, a person cannot be expected to grow and ‘better’ themselves without having mistakes to learn from. Although ‘mistakes’ cannot be fully defined as gospel. Perspective plays a large part in what each individual defines as a ‘mistake’. There are wider situations in which society as a whole deems a ‘mistake’ , these usually guided through morals and ideas which are relatable between all humans e.g. wearing a neon pink suit to a funeral for which the dress code was formal black; others attending the funeral may look upon this as the ‘wrong thing to do’ and say they’ve made a mistake by their choice of clothing, yet when perspective is taken into play, the person wearing the neon suit may have a signifying reason for that – paying their respects in a way representative of their feeling.

   Children are almost to be envied as they are free of the fear of being wrong; using the example of the suits at a funeral, children represent the man in the neon suit, dressing to how they best feel pays respect to the relationship they had with the deceased. With adulthood comes the increased fear of being wrong and judged upon this, as humans age, social conformity bears heavy upon the minds of these adults, ergo represented by all those in formal black wear.

    Viewing children as the cores of creativity leads to answering the question as to whether creativity is lessened throughout education. The answer cannot be determined simply by looking at creative levels throughout the educational period, yet should be studied until the person reaches adult maturity. Creativity should be viewed as to whether social conformity and a persons levels of fear of being judged, dilutes and places restraints upon the creative mind. As perviously mentioned perspective plays a large role when determining anything,  as each human views the same events slightly differently based upon their life experiences. Therefore it can be argued that each person holds the ability of creativity they were born with, yet their own life experiences which affect the way they view the world and to the extent they themselves have limited their creativity in efforts of “fitting in” with the social norm. 

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