Hal Kurfehs: Creativity — Do we all have it?

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NEWSTIMES Opinion Article  By Hal Kurfehs ||  Published Monday, January 22, 2018

Photo credit: D. Grethen

Why are some people creative, innovative, imaginative, or inventive, and others fail miserably when they try to be original? I recently heard a speech by a prominent educator, Sir Ken Robinson, who suggested that most people are capable of being creative, but they are frightened of being wrong.

People do not grow into creativity, they grow out of it.

This makes sense to me, because in our early learning years we exhibit a high level of curiosity. Our imagination can create an adventure out of ordinary objects or situations.

Then we start to grow up and take on inhibitions. We look for the comfortable existence, the acceptable route, the practical pursuit, the respectable path. Creativity takes a back seat.

While our lives have to be somewhat predictable in order to cope with the daily necessities of our existence, we should try to balance that humdrum with a willingness to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations. New ideas can be uncomfortable or even risky to us, but we have to fight through that discomfort. The reward for our effort is a deep feeling of accomplishment. Creativity can be rediscovered.

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