David Chislett in Defining Creativity, Coaching, Creative and Media Professionals Chief Activator • The Writing Word Oct 12, 2016 · 2 min read · +700

Get Creative Or Die

It’s been a few weeks of a lot of work and interesting interactions with a wide range of people. This is in itself not unusual. But the specific depth of some of these interactions is.

It’s not often that you get into the deep murky stuff that makes up our identities with people you have only just met. It’s also not that often that you sit with really creative people who suddenly realise that problem solving is in fact a creative act.

I am often lately reminded of Thomas Metzinger’s writings and his contention that all of our conscious awareness of what happens in the physical world is an after-the-fact commentary. A running commentary that includes and excludes things apparently randomly and at will. But of course there’s nothing random about it. The process obeys a neat hierarchy of habits, needs and wants that have already been established.

Whether Metzinger is 100% correct or not matters not really. What is interesting is that this is a scientific view on the idea that we literally create our own word and our own world experiences according to how we think or ‘feel’ about them. This is an added dimension to the notion that we are truly and specifically creative beings rather than deductive automatons.

It is our tendency towards habits and patterns that makes us robotic, not our nature itself, which is highly picky, endlessly adaptable and quite capable of just ignoring what is obvious to others in order to support a pre-existing point of view.

The current deeply polarised world we live in, this is a realisation I bump into every day. When I read about Trump, Brexit, #FeesMustFall, IS, Israel or any of the other major political touch points I see people creatively ignoring points of view, facts and stories that don’t agree with their pre-existing judgements. In fact, I catch myself doing it as well… I need also to be wary of my programmed reactions to issues involving race and privilege.

I can’t help but wonder: if we were all a bit more aware of how selective our experiences of the physical world and its happenings actually is, would we be more suspicious of these patterns? Or would we rely on them more heavily?

The suspicion of the ‘other’ and the ‘unknown’ is a deeply, biologically ingrained response in humans. When we were living in caves, at the mercy of the elements and could not communicate effectively, it was an instinct that kept us alive. But now, you’ve got to ask yourself, in a species where any racial, tribal or national grouping treats 50% of the population from their own grouping as second class citizens how can it ever be hoped that we can treat representatives of another culture/religion/culture/worldview/nationality with any respect?

Let me be clear, until we break the pattern of assumed male dominance, can we hope to break free from the rest of the intolerance that currently has our planet in its grip? It’s time we all got a bit more creative about how we see the world. Realise that, trapped inside our skulls and dependent on unreliable senses that are poorly equipped to deal with the broader range of stimuli out there, we have made some bad selections.

We have told a limited, flawed and oppressive story about the reality we experience.

We need to re-write that story and break free of that pattern or I fear we will indeed annihilate ourselves.

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Get Creative Or Die

David Chislett Oct 13, 2016 · #6

#5 And that's pretty much exactly what I mean in this piece Brain.

Brian McKenzie Oct 13, 2016 · #5

I have a well enough grasp on reality that I have no intention to change my gender designation in the name of 'enlightenment'. P.S. ISIS was founded, funded, trained, launched, armed, protected and produced while Hillary was at the helm of of the State Department. Across the planet, people are well awake and aware to what she, State, CIA, DIA, NED, & SOROS did in the names of Arab Spring, Color Revolutions, Maidan, Regime Change and the current 'immigrant crisis' ~ America, not so much.

Paul Walters Oct 13, 2016 · #4

@David Chislett Thanks for a fabulous piece . But let us not fall into despair !!!

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Harvey Lloyd Oct 12, 2016 · #3

#2 I am reminded of the Asian graphic of the snake eating its tail.

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David Chislett Oct 12, 2016 · #2

#1 Thanks Harvey, glad you enjoyed the read. I do find the current loop very frustrating!

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Harvey Lloyd Oct 12, 2016 · #1

What a great read this morning @David Chislett. We live in a symbiotic world. Each action is felt by many as we walk on our journey. Even the caveman experience, as simple as the needs were, they were buffeted by each other. Somewhere along the way our communications have awakened a dark side of the human experience. My on opinion is that we have left some core values behind in the name of success. Existence is such a blessing and we tend to waste it on some very meaningless dialogue that only serves to heighten our lower functioning brain.

I have always thought that knowledge takes away the darkness of fear. I am amazed that with 2+trillion of student loan debt that we would be motivated by a media that thrives on triggering our lower brain function. I watch citizens who become destructive over events, religious values stretched to include mass murder and people who would grab all that they could at the expense of others, in shear frustration. These along with other actions only serve to broaden the self destructive behavior we are experiencing.

The larger question that looms, how can we reverse this process of madness? My thought, one person/family at a time. Thanks for sharing your journey this morning.

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