Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature

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Synopsis

The Logical and Necessary Starting Point for Global Recovery and Revitalization

Most people are alarmed and eager to help resolve the dreadful predicament the world is facing, but feel overwhelmed by the thought of changing such a complex social-economic-political system — because one hardly knows where to begin. 


This book, CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, provides the logical and necessary starting point for the global recovery effort: A shift in the way we think about ourselves and the purpose of our life.  


The crux of CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature is our naturally creative and most valuable, but historically overlooked, undervalued, and colossally wasted quality as humans — Homo Creativus. Analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature suggest that many of the psychological, social, economic, political, and ecological difficulties the world is experiencing are, fundamentally, the result of the inability of the vast majority of people to realize and to beneficially engage their natural abilities — their creativity — and, thus, inability to experience their lives as having meaning and significance.  


Sobering and illuminating, CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature sheds valuable new light on the human and planetary condition and points the way out of our present predicament:  

  • At the individual level, the authentic and deeply engaging sense of who we really are and why we live — Homo Creativus — provides the key to genuine success in every facet of human life.    
     
  • At the planetary level, CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature solves vital human fulfillment needs that are key to global recovery and revitalization: a) the spontaneous worldwide awakening of people to their uniqueness and their intrinsic worth as humans — Homo Creativus; and b) universal clamor for identity, authenticity, meaning, and purpose. Together, these two related needs provide the logical and necessary platform for the urgently needed planetary revival: necessary for economic development and social progress; necessary for truly democratic politics and governance; necessary for accurate understanding and successful resolution of our life-threatening crises; and necessary for building a viable, ecologically-enhancing, humanly-fulfilling planetary future. 

Contents of This Page

  • The Fragile State of Our World
      
  • Reactions to the State of the World
     
  • Questions for Concerned Planetary Citizens   

  • Implications for Human Affairs and the Planetary Future

  • Video CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature
     
  • A Footnote

Paradigm Shift

The Fragile State of Our World

The Global Balance Sheet

Ours is the best of times. Ironically, it is the worst of times also. Summary review of the state of the world indicates a mixed blessing. 


On the positive side are: 

  • The highest standard of living ever known 
  • Record consumption of goods and services 
  • Eradication of hitherto incurable diseases 
  • Unprecedented levels of material well-being 
  • Healthier lives and longer life spans 
  • Instantaneous communication across the globe 
  • Vast array of scientific and technological marvels. 

Negative conditions include: 

  • Widespread poverty 
  • Hunger 
  • Misery 
  • Insecurity 
  • Fear 
  • Despair 
  • Prejudice 
  • Mutual distrust 
  • Destructiveness 
  • Group violence 
  • Ecological disasters
  • Ever-looming threat of mutually assured destruction. 

Disaster metaphor after disaster metaphor portrays the state of the world as: 

  • “Apocalypse” 
  • “Armageddon” 
  • “a planet in peril” 
  • “breakdown of our cultural pattern” 
  • “bubble economy” 
  • “crumbling modernist times” 
  • “disillusionment of entire populations” 
  • “disintegration of society”
  • “imminent collapse of civilization” 
  • “impending convulsions and chaos”
  • “malfunctioning socio-political-economic system” 
  • “massive breakdown of individuals,and societies” 
  • “massive dislocation in the affairs of humanity” 
  • “massive failure of modern civilization” 
  • “sinking Titanic” 
  • “the end of civilization”
  • “tottering on the brink of disaster” 
  • “unsustainable direction of modern society” 
  • “world problematique” 
  • And so on.   

The familiar cliché, “If you're not scared, you probably aren't listening,” captures the mood of people everywhere.     

Crisis. Change. Transformation

Reactions to the State of the World

Reactions to the current state of the world range from passive resignation to naive optimism. 

  • The one extreme is people who interpret the modern crises as signaling imminent collapse of civilization.    

  • The other extreme is those who seem to believe that things will somehow sort themselves out if we simply maintain the present course. 

Between the two extremes is the growing number of individuals and social movements proffering an assortment of (sometimes complementary, sometimes conflicting) proposals to avert the ultimate catastrophe.  

Crisis. Change. Transformation

Questions for Concerned Planetary Citizens

The dreadful and increasingly volatile state of the world raises two fundamental questions:

First: 

  • Why is the world’s deplorable situation continuing to deteriorate, despite all the time and resources that are being committed to its amelioration?

Second: 

  • Are the modern crises unsolved because they are too difficult to solve?

  • Or, could it be that we have not yet found appropriate framework for understanding and resolving the seemingly disparate problems? 

Transformation. Change. Crisis. Future

Vital Conclusions

Analysis and synthesis of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature yield two conclusions, with fundamental implications for the way we think about ourselves, organize society, and conduct affairs:  

  • “HOMO CREATIVUS,” the first conclusion, is the quintessentially creative, but historically overlooked human essence. Homo Creativus implies that the taken-for-granted “rational economic man” (inherently individualistic, self-centered, competitive, adversarial, materialistic, consumption-driven) upon which most modern institutions have been built is, rather, an inherently creative and potential-actualizing being — naturally and primarily driven to develop and to beneficially engage one’s unique set of abilities, with economic consumption and material well-being as the means to that end.

  • “GLOBAL CREATIVITY CRISIS,” the second conclusion, is the underlying but unnoticed and unsuspected problem the world is facing: Inability of the vast majority of people to reach and to contribute their creative potential in significant and beneficial functions; and, resultantly, the spreading epidemic of meaninglessness of which many (probably, most) psychological, social, economic, political, and environmental crises are the symptoms.  

Implacations for Human Affairs and the Planetary Future

Mass Creativity

Homo Creativus (the new and authentic sense of who we really are and why we live) and Global Creativity Crisis (the radically different understanding of the modern crises) require us to fundamentally rethink the way we live, work, raise children, educate the youth, manage institutions and organizations, govern society, and relate with one another and with the natural world.


Practical implications of Homo Creativus and Global Creativity Crisis for human affairs and for our planetary future are the reason for the newly launched global civic creativity campaign, "Time to Rethink Everything: So That Mankind May Thrive and Flourish Into the Infinite Future."


In summary:

  • Since humans are quintessentially creative beings, naturally and primarily driven to realize one's potential and to fulfill one's destiny, it is essential that every policy, every decision, every action enhances people's innate abilities — their creativeness — if the policy, decision, or action is to genuinely succeed and endure.


All this is to say:

  • DO EVERYTHING CREATIVELY!

Video — CREATIVITY: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature

 A Totally New and Authentic Way of Seeing Ourselves and the Purpose of Our Life 

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