My theme for the Blogging from A to Z challenge is Creativity. Today I discuss the importance of creativity to ourselves and to society.
As I mentioned in my “G” blog, creativity is necessary for personal growth. I love some of the comments from my blog readers:
Veronica Sicoe: “Personal growth without creativity is only an insipid amassing of knowledge and memories, which, IMO, are worth about as much as one of Google’s databases without the end user.”
J.L. Campbell: “So true. I’ve been cartooning lately. It relaxes me and renews my energy for the other things I have to do.”
Michelle Wallace: “Because all forms of creativity are intertwined, I’m certain this project [mosaics] will be stimulating and give rise to new writing ideas…”
Silvia Villalobos: “Creativity is the force behind personal growth. Without it there’s a huge amount of emptiness.”
Debi O’Neille: “I agree, getting involved in something creative can lead a person into a better mood. Maybe that’s why I love exercising my creative side.”
By exercising our creativity, we’ll learn to be more confident—from childhood to adulthood—as we attempt different activities. That sense of self-confidence and accomplishment will grow when we learn to value the results of our attempts, no matter how little or big, how “perfect” or “imperfect” you perceive the results to be. And I even hate to use those words—there’s no “grade” or scale of rightness when it comes to creativity.
Value for Society
All kinds of people use their creativity to better themselves, those around them, and the world at large: scientists, engineers, business entrepreneurs, artists, inventors, educators, and parents.
These creative thinkers are important to our future, and as creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson says in this interview, we need them now more than ever.
We need solutions to a variety of current problems, and solutions from the past won’t cut it. We need new ideas–creative, out-of-the-box ideas—to tackle the issues of today: the economy; climate change; population growth; food supply and dwindling natural resources; pollution in the land, air, and oceans; providing our children, at home and around the world, with better education; providing worldwide affordable health care.
The importance of creativity to our own lives and to the future of the entire world can’t be overstated. Express your own creativity. Nurture and encourage the creativity of others.
Do you believe creativity is a critical component to solving the world’s problems?