Girl in the Valley by my sister, Amy O'Dowd, 2014
Girl in the Valley by my sister, Amy O’Dowd. 2014

For many people, this is a holy week dedicated to God, stories from the Old and New Testaments, the meaning of life–mortality and immortality.

Raised Catholic but no longer religious,  I am using the occasion to ponder human creativity from both historical and religious viewpoints. The concept has meant many things to many philosophers over the course of thousands of years.

The ancient Greeks, Chinese and Indians lacked the concept of  creativity, seeing art as a discovery and not an original creation. In The Republic, Plato wrote that painters do not create; they imitate. Likewise,  according to early Judaeo-Christian tradition,  humans did not have the ability to create–they simply were the conduits of God’s creations.

Not until the Renaissance were humans considered capable of their own creativity. The Enlightenment, which fostered rational and scientific discovery and social progress, bolstered the idea of human creativity all the more.

So here we are in the second decade of the 3rd millennium A.D. And here I am pondering what it means to be creative. Generally speaking, we are creative when we explore new ways of doing or making things, bucking tradition with concepts that drive society forward.

This blog is going to focus on how we use our  creativity in our careers, especially in the fields of communications, advertising, and media. And I’ll be interviewing writers, fashion designers and artists, too.

Stay tuned for my next post on fashion as a means of creative expression.

Meanwhile, what creative thing have you done today?

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