To educational bodies: Creativity and social development (V of X)

Portrait of Juan Pablo Duarte. Painter Miguel Nunez Polanco

2.3.- Creativity

We had proposed to scrutinize the past of Creativity and in one way or another we have done it, but not in the style of traditional historiography.

By proposing that creativity is born with the energy of the body at the moment in which man becomes aware of himself, we assume that the origin of creativity is in ourselves, and its development is due to the use and cultivation of our senses, placed at the service of the social good.

However, although Creativity has always existed, it is actually a new concept, whose content was partially resolved in the middle of the last century, when the North American psychologist Joy Paul Guilfor (1897-1987) stated that creativity is the combination of Two types of thinking: Convergent and Divergent. The first is related to what is called basic knowledge: the reproduction and memorization of learning and facts; the second is the one that allows creatively relating ideas and processes, to find alternatives to solve a problem.

The concept Creativity is practically new, but we usually form the idea that it was used as such in ancient times, but it happens and it is the case that the old Hellenic philosophers did not know this word, that is, the terms create, creator, creativity did not appear within the Greek vocabulary, and when they tried to explain its content they did so from a divine point of view, as if the act of creating was provoked by supernatural forces. Thus, they believed that poets were sacred beings or entities at the service of divinities who put their words in their mouths.

By nature, the creator is a collective being. The need to express himself emanates from his close community relationship, which has never been well seen.

Since then, there has been no way to convince people that a creator is a being as simple as the one who cultivates the land, who could have dedicated himself to creating if he had had the necessary tools to learn how to do it: a global problem, which touches the formative sensitivity of the vast majority of people: excluded from knowledge.

The false concept: “need to have a divine gift to enter the world of creativity”, has been used since the appearance of social classes to the present day.

As is known, the emergence of social classes is historically linked to the establishment and development of the social division of labor and the appearance of private property over the means of production.

So if the gods have denied us the right to learn to create, we will be part of the bunch destined to live in mediocrity, with its sequel of humiliation and insult, an idea that controls every act of our lives.

Not being part of the chosen few, we are prey to factual thinking, we remain trapped in its ideological tangles that, in addition to alienating us, make us accomplices, without our understanding it sometimes, of its own trickery.

To avoid doubts about this approach, I will illustrate it with some examples of how they deform our minds to the point of turning us into servants of those who represent the worst interests of humanity:

-God did not grant me the gift of writing;

-I am poor by divine disposition;

-only God knows why I suffer so much;

-I will ask the Lord to give me talent;

-rich and poor we are children of God;

-the artist creates by inspiration;

-Inspiration is born from loneliness.

These are the same ideas that prevailed in the slave system and were intensified in the Middle Ages, a period ruled by obscurantism, nurtured by the biblical scriptures. Already at that time, a way was being sought for artists and artisans to assume their work from individuality, in order to eliminate the need for collective action implicit in itself in creative work. Since individualism is intrinsic to oppressive social systems, we are drawn to it via a warped view of reality or out of despair and weariness.

By nature, the creator is a collective being. The need to express himself emanates from his close community relationship, which has never been well seen. Thus, it was necessary to break with this practice in order to isolate the creator to the point of making him dependent on the masters of the world, who in Medieval times were popes and kings (the Middle Ages or Middle Ages is the historical period of Western civilization between the 5th and 5th centuries). the XV; its beginning is in the year 476, the year of the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and its end in 1492, the year in which Columbus arrived in the Caribbean).

Before continuing with our historical sequence, I must refer to patronage, which will also take us to the Renaissance (a period of history that began at the end of the Black Death in the mid-14th century and lasted until the first half of the 16th century. ), a time that marked a transcendental leap in science and art, and revealed the true reason and character of philanthropy.

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To educational bodies: Creativity and social development (V of X)