Wait for it…:
We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.
It sounds counter-intuitive, but this made me think of the cycle of violence. Stay with me here – I’m sure it does make sense. Those who experience violence – both adults and children – often become perpetrators of violence. The violence is passed down the food chain, with the more powerful taking out their experience and pain on the less powerful. And there is always someone less powerful, someone who can be a recipient of second-hand violence. Violence begets violence, so to speak. And the cycle continues, from generation to generation.
Creativity is a cycle, too. Again, I’m not just referring to artistic or poetic or musical talent. I’m referring to the creativity which makes us who and what we are, which we do every minute of every day. We are creations; therefore we are creative. We are create-ees; therefore we are creators. Just as the violence of the powerful is enacted by the weak, so is the creativity of the creator enacted by the created. And if we use the creativity inherent in us to build up the world, to uphold the inherent dignity and worth of every other creative and created being – well, who knows? Perhaps the cycle of creativity can break the cycle of violence.
It’s just a small, slight possibility. Shall we give it a go anyway?