The key question isn’t “What fosters creativity?” But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be not why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.
Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist. He studied and wrote several books on the subject. Click on this link to Wikipedia if you want to read about Abraham Maslow and his theories. Maslow came up with a Hierarchy of Needs, which I find to be interesting. The hierarchy of needs is represented in the shape of a pyramid. The largest human needs are on the bottom. Creativity finds its place at the very top of the pyramid in an area called self-actualization.
I found the quote above as I searched the internet looking for people’s thoughts on creativity. Before today I had never heard of Maslow. I guess if I had studied psychology I would have known who Maslow was.
Maslow asks the question, Why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Funny that he mentions God in that question. I believe everyone is creative. God made us creative beings. God gave us the ability to create. God is there by our side as we create. He helps us create if we ask. We may not always use our creative potential, but we are still creative in some way.
Today, think about your creativity. Are you using the talents God has given you to create? I hope so.
Thank you for being there for us. Thank you for making us creative beings. Help us as creative beings use our potential. Give us the drive, the strength, the ideas, the stamina, the ability to continue on our creative journey of life.
In Christ’s name. Amen.