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Foundational Resource for Personal Success

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We all come into the world endowed with abilities — capacities — that are unique to each of us. Intrinsic to everyone's abilities are work to do, duties to perform, roles to fulfill which are peculiarly his or her own; and which he or she must accomplish to genuinely feel successful.


To the extent that we are able to recognize, to develop, and to engage our natural abilities in important and beneficial functions, we experience our lives as having meaning and significance. We feel good about ourselves! 


Where, for whatever reason, we are not able to realize our potentialities — not able to maximize our creativity — we, naturally, sense our lives as deprived: meaningless; unsatisfactory; unfulfilling; without purpose; without direction. Historically, that tragic sense of deprivation has been the lot of the vast majority of people. And that, humanistic psychologists believe, explains why we are experiencing so many psychological problems: meaninglessness; anxiety; depression; mental illness; suicide; substance abuse; destructiveness; hatred; violence; personality disorder; etc. 


If, therefore, we are to solve the global epidemic of meaninglessness and the resultant psychological and social problems that are ruining the lives and destinies of countless millions of people around the world, traumatizing families, societies, and the global community, it is critical that everyone be enabled to realize his or her potential, to accomplish his or her particular purpose and, thus, to feel himself or herself a real success. 


Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, a foundational resource for self-understanding and personal success, puts you in touch with your innermost being and the authentic purpose of your own life; so you can use the resulting personal insight to build a life that is really you — authentic, genuinely successful!

The Great Paradox of Our Time

Modern Crises

Ours is arguably the best of times. Summary review of the current state of the world indicates, among so many blessings: 

  • The highest standard of living the world has ever known
  • Record variety of goods and services
  • Eradication of hitherto incurable diseases
  • Unprecedented levels of material well-being
  • Healthier lives; longer life spans 
  • Jet travel
  • Computers; the Internet; mobile phones and tablets
  • Real-time communication across the globe 
  • Virtual reality 
  • Artificial intelligence 
  • And, of course, a vast array of scientific breakthroughs. 


But, how could "the most brilliant civilization in human history" entail so many crises:  

  • Ecological crisis   
  • Economic crisis   
  • Education crisis  
  • Energy crisis 
  • Financial crisis
  • Food crisis    
  • Health crisis 
  • Political crisis 
  • Poverty crisis  
  • Refugees crisis
  • Religious crisis 
  • Social crisis     
  • Etc.
     

How could "the highest standard of living the world has ever known" leave practically everybody deeply unhappy: anxious, worried, scared and, in many cases, despairing of the future? 


Rhetorically: "Why is it that the better things are, the unhappier people are becoming?"

The Human Predicament: Its Everyday Manifestations

Climate change. Species Loss. Environmental disaster. Ocean warming. Rising sea level. Air Pollution

Evidence abounds of the deplorable and rapidly deteriorating human condition. Widely reported and deeply disturbing trends include:  

  • "Institutionalized fear."  

  • "Emotionally disturbed children."
     
  • "Troubled youth."
           
  • "Busy-yet-bored employees whose hearts are not in the work they are doing." 
          
  • "Turned-off students” who say they "hate school," or describe their academic experience as "boring."
        
  • "Honored and well-educated but without ever having experienced what it means to be truly alive.”
        
  • Many people who have everything they ever wanted but, self-reportedly, still feel "empty inside," still look for "something" they say is "missing" in their lives.
           
  • Worldwide "epidemic" of  stress, depression, burnout, and emotional breakdown. Resultantly, addictions, substance abuse; and the growing popularity of anti-depressants and various psycho-therapeutic procedures that, purportedly, “restore balance” in the lives of their users.
         
  • Prisons around the world that are “overflowing with inmates,” and mental hospitals with “cases.”
          
  • "Hundreds of troubled young people who have so much to live for [but decide to] take their own lives every year.” 
        
  • "Ever more people today [who] have the means to live but not the meaning to live for.”   
        
  • "The Forgotten Four-Fifths," who have neither the means to live nor the meaning to live for. 
         
  • “Most of us [who] go to our graves with our music still inside, unplayed, [unheard].” 

  • Mass uncertainty and anxiety in "a world where no one knows what to expect next."


Conventional wisdom regards these tragic human conditions largely as personal crises. Close examination of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature identifies their systemic roots: fundamental misconceptions of human nature and the way of life that we have built on those misconceptions. 


To the extent that this conclusion is valid, resolving the modern crises and building the viable global civilization and planetary future that everyone so deeply desires require a new and authentic way of thinking about ourselves and the purpose of our life. 


There, in a nutshell, is the key to, as well as the agenda for, global recovery and regeneration.

A Five-Point Agenda for Global Recovery and Regeneration

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Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature is intended to ignite conversations and spur actions on five critical global recovery and regeneration needs:

  • Recognize, develop, and beneficially engage everyone's natural abilities in meaningful, beneficial, and significant functions.  
     
  • Halt the colossal and needless waste of human potential that has gone on for far too long.   

  • Recognize and frontally address the world's underlying but unsuspected and unnoticed problem: Creativity Crisis.

  • Address the spontaneous and universal awakening to higher-order human needs: Identity. Meaning. Authenticity. Purpose.

  • Explore the new and authentic context for understanding and resolving the chaos the world is experiencing. 


The remainder of this Page elaborates these vital global needs: 


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Misconceptions of Human Nature that Need to Be Set Right

Reactions to the modern crises and the rapidly deteriorating human condition generally tend to focus on personal inadequacies or the so-called “human propensity to evil.”    


Based on assumptions of personal inadequacies, several person-focused, person-centered solutions and remedies have been proposed and tried, including:

  • Correction
  • Counseling
  • Deterrence
  • Incarceration
  • Motivation
  • Punishment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reward
  • Therapy
  • Etc. 

The limited success and, in many cases, counterproductive results of punitive, correctional, and remedial approaches call into question the underlying assumption of those approaches personal inadequacy.  


Critical examination of the insights that are brought together in Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature suggests that we are dealing with existential crisis (i.e., fundamental misconceptions of human nature, with their tragic psychological, social, political, and ecological consequences) but, inadvertently, tackling the symptoms of that problem.


To the extent that this conclusion is valid, if we are to successfully resolve our present difficulties and to achieve the much desired viable and sustainable planetary future, the logical and necessary starting point is to correct prevailing misconceptions of human nature that, evidently, are at the root of the modern crises. 


Central to the urgently needed and vitally important correction, of course, is a shift in the way we think about ourselves and the purpose of our life: 

  • From: Homo Economicus — The economist's model of humanity. 
  • To: Homo Creativus — Humankind "as nature made us."  

  • From: Rational, individualistic, self-centered, adversarial, materialistic, consumption-driven beings.
  • To:  Potential-actualizing, purpose-driven, collaborative, altruistic beings.
         
  • From: Wealth accumulation, material possession, and economic consumption as the goal of life. 
  • To: Development and meaningful engagement of one's natural abilities as the goal of life — with economic consumption and material well-being as the means to that end. 


Homo Creativus — Humankind as nature made us! 


There, precisely, is the crux of Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature a fundamentally different and authentic conception of human nature and key to genuine and enduring success in all people-related matters: parenting, education, leadership, business, politics, governance, relationships.  

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Seven Billion Locked Treasure Chests that Need to Be Opened

Seven billion "locked treasure chests" are a terrible waste the world can no longer afford, ignore, or condone! 


The obvious referent here is the vast majority of people who live and die without ever realizing why they lived at all. Everyday illustrations of this colossal waste include:    

  • Billions of geniuses who never achieve their potential — billions of richly endowed men and women who live and die unrecognized either by themselves or by their society.   
     
  • Successive human civilizations, including our own, that selectively recognize, selectively develop, selectively celebrate, and selectively reward certain human abilities;  and, perhaps inadvertently, ignore an infinite array of human possibilities. As a result, an inestimable number of human talents that, as yet, are not recognized, not developed, and not productively engaged. Still other human capabilities that are artificially constrained by circumstances, pitifully underdeveloped, grossly underutilized.
       
  • Most people who never find their authentic life’s purpose — the vast majority of us who live and die without ever knowing who we really are and why we lived at all.
         
  • "Ordinary" men and women who don't seem to believe that they have the potential to positively affect the world — to make significant contributions to their society and the planet.
         
  • So many cultures, societies, institutions, and organizations where it is not safe to be original or different. Consequently, masses of people who are virtually stripped of their natural aptitude for imagination and creativity, and who therefore are functioning on minimal capacities for excellence.
         
  • The dominance of tradition and entrenched views and values in many institutions and organizations, where established knowledge is cherished to the exclusion of creativity — where new ideas are suspect, and seldom get a hearing.  
     
  • Vast segments of the human population that, due to economic, cultural, religious, or political circumstances — at times, outright oppression — are never able to cultivate their unique potential. So many others who are not even aware that they have such potential.  
        
  • Incalculable number of great ideas that simply perish with no record — trampled by ignorance, fear, cruelty, or jealousy; stifled by psychological and socio-cultural pressures both within the individual and his or her society; starved to death by "benign neglect" or by lack of resources, encouragement, and support.   
     
  • Erroneous but generally accepted belief that creativity is a matter for the arts and music — a belief that tends to discourage people who work in other areas and disciplines from developing and engaging their natural abilities, since they do not believe that they are creative.
     
  • The unfortunate division of humanity into the creative few and the "uncreative" many — distinctions like "genius," "creative individuals,' "honor students," "best and brightest," "gifted and talented," etc. that set a few individuals apart, while discouraging the vast majority from ever discovering or ever realizing their own personal genius and creativity.
     
  • The rise of individualism and economic self-interest. Correspondingly, growing disdain for the notion that the primary purpose of human life is to create — to bring about something original and beneficial — and to serve the greater good.  
       
  • Finally, the tangled web of life-threatening and mutually reinforcing global crises. Resultantly, "a world where no one knows what to expect next."  

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World's Underlying Crisis that Has to Be Frontally Addressed

There is no denying the precarious and rapidly deteriorating state of the world. A terrible combination of mutually reinforcing crises threatens our very survival and our collective future, unless appropriate remedies are found to resolve them and within sufficient time. In near-total despair of the future, informed and respected global observers variously portray our predicament as: 

  • "evolution or extinction"    
  • "change our ways or perish"   
  • "species maturation or collective suicide"  
  • And so on. 

Erich Fromm's gloomy but all too prescient observation succinctly summarizes the global dread and growing despair. Fromm's words: 


"This time, mankind is at one crossroad where the wrong step could be the last step."    


Daunting and deeply troubling! 


What is even more troubling, however, is the growing ineffectiveness of traditional approaches to apprehend the seemingly many and life-threatening crises. Hence the twin questions:

  • Are the modern crises and the global predicament unsolved because they are impossible, or too difficult, to solve?   
        
  • Or, might it be that we've been tackling the wrong problems?

Contrary to popular belief and conventional wisdom, the modern crises and the global predicament are not “economic,” “social,” “political,” or “environmental” crises, per se. Our difficulties are not separate crises, either. And they are not due to widely assumed “human depravity” or “human propensity to evil.”   


Timeless and revealing insights into the  nature of human nature suggest that we are facing existential crisis — inadequate and misleading sense of who we really are and the authentic purpose of our life — but, inadvertently, tackling its economic, social, political, psychological, and ecological symptoms.     


Analysis and synthesis of the insights identify global creativity crisis as the underlying, but largely unnoticed and unsuspected predicament the world is facing: 

  • This is the inability of the vast majority of people to realize their innate potentialities inability to discover, to develop, and to engage one's natural abilities in significant and beneficial functions and, resultantly, a global epidemic of meaninglessness of which many psychological, social, economic, political, and ecological crises are the symptoms, or facets

To the extent that this conclusion is valid, if we are to successfully resolve the dreadful situation the world is in, and to achieve the viable and sustainable global future that everyone wishes to see, the logical and necessary starting point is to correct the prevailing misconceptions of human nature that, evidently, are at the root of many (probably, most) of our difficulties.


Central to this planetary effort this crucial and urgently needed correction are: 


One: 

Universal recognition, nurture, and meaningful engagement of everyone's natural (creative) abilities.  


Two: 

Social-economic-political systems in which all the Earth's (currently) seven billion inhabitants are able to develop and contribute their natural abilities and, thus, to experience their lives as having meaning and significance, to genuinely feel good about themselves.   


Three:

Significantly more attention to inner development of people including, in particular, ethical, moral, social, and ecological responsibility in addition to economic consumption and material well-being.

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Higher-Order Planetary Needs that Clamor for Satisfaction

The book for our time, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature addresses itself to higher-order human and global needs that, ever more stridently, "clamor" for satisfaction. The more obvious of these are: 

  • The spontaneous awakening of people, worldwide, to their inherent worth as humans.

  • Increasing cross-cultural, cross-gender, cross-generational sensitivity to higher-order human needs: identity. Meaning. Authenticity. Purpose.

  • The resonance of Homo Creativus with the way people deeply feel about themselves: Personal sense of one's uniqueness, with a special work to do, role to fulfill, duties/functions to perform, purposes/missions to accomplish, and contributions to make for the common good.

Politics. Economy. Philosophy. Critical Thinking. Problem Solving. Change. Transformation

Anticipated Global Impact

Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature, the sobering and illuminating sense of who we really are and why we live, puts us in touch with our innermost beings and the authentic purpose of our life; so that we can use the resulting personal insight to build the life that is really us, and to relate more deeply and more successfully with fellow human beings, and with nature.  


Beyond self-understanding, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature seeks to mobilize the creative intelligence of all people to turn around the dreadful situation the world is facing.   


To that end, Creativity: Revealing the Truth about Human Nature urges goals for mankind and Planet Earth that everyone sees as universally beneficial to both humans and nature and, therefore, as worthy of the commitment of his or her time, talents, and creative energies.


There, briefly, are the reasons for the book.

 

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