What’s the point trying to hack your creativity when every idea under the sun has already been thought of?
It’s true that no fundamentally new ideas exist. Every ‘new’ idea is based on the thinking of the previous era. This means that when we have ‘new ideas’, they are really just mashups of previous ideas.
“What is originality? Undetected plagiarism” – William Ralph Inge
So, why bother creating anything if we can’t do anything original?
I don’t know, creativity makes us feel good?
Enter deep philosophical answer…
How to steal creatively
“I don’t believe in art, I believe in artists” – Marcel Duchamp
Great ideas come from collaboration
“Ideas need a lot of time to incubate, and they spend a lot of time as a hunch that is not fully fleshed out.”
“More often than not, what turns a hunch into a breakthrough is another hunch that is lurking inside someone else’s mind.”
“The biggest driver of scientific and technological innovation has been the unprecedented connectivity that we have today through the internet. This lets us share ideas with other people and to borrow their hunches and turn them into something new.”
A Final Thought
When an artists paints or a musician performs; it is an invitation for the external world to take part in the splendour of their craft. The ideation process has to involve learning from the masters – those who came before us, or even our contemporaries and peers. when it comes to creativity, there is no competition. The greats are passing the baton over to us through their works – and we get to decide which parts to take and what to omit in our works.
The empirical nature of creativity is something that invites, inspires and connects with the people that need it at the time. We see that creativity is a collective state of being because it creates a paradigm where both the artist and the consumer engage in a dialogue; in which the artist projects meaning through their art, the consumer must decipher this meaning through within their own personal context.
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