Saturday, March 13, 2010
Creative Thought Process: An Act Of Faith
The notion of faith compels us to be accountable to a whole lot of accompanying circumstances and people. Creativity is inculcation or acculturation of our imagination, hypothetic suggestions and natural assumptions built on the faith of a mind until it is proven. And when it is vindicated, it is obligatory to live up to the faith of the community, nation or even humanity. Every natural thought starts with inevitable trust on prior knowledge or research initiated and substantiated by a generation, now superseded by a generation of evolved ego. We rely on the convictions of the past to restructure the present chain of events and hence define the future course of action. Creative thought process is never creation in isolation. Its rather accumulation of ideas over years, standing on the shoulders of giants and looking beyond the horizon, extracting from ingenuity declared in a bygone era and rewriting the epoch through discovery and dissemination of knowledge. Its more of a transmissive process accentuated by application of logic and improved faculty. Creativity embarks on originality and appropriateness for its integrity though it may be fuelled by remarkable achievements and marvelous determination of the secrecy so poignantly poised in the universe by our ancestors. It is this obligation to our past that forces to consign ourselves to an arrangement of erecting confidence on history to assign refinement to our fundamental and inventive competence of our intellect. Creative conviction can be partial or wholly natural owing to previous influences or divine intervention respectively or even may be an act of serendipity obliged to accidental discoveries. But whatever be the mode of investigation and subsequent assimilation of succeeding consequences, productive ingenuity can be authenticated only by utilization of existing resources and employment of empiricism. The ubiquitous incidence of inspiration, intuitive insight, lateral thinking and discarding of preconceived and prejudiced notions is attributive of the creative thought process. Newton once mentioned in his memoirs ---" I do not know what i may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me". Thus creative process ensues from our affiliation to and constant intimacy with the world around us that had a fascinating history worth unearthing and lives now to be in the annals of history of the forthcoming generations, pledged to a scheme of reliance and trust on what exists to defend the submission of mind to rational enquiry.