Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature

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 HOMO CREATIVUS: 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.     

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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.  

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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? 

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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.  

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Implacations for Human Affairs and the Planetary Future

Mass Creativity. Human Development. Human Potential. Public Policy. Governance. Government.

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!

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