Is creativity a core element of humanity?

According to a recent article on Artsy…”creativity distinguishes us from other animals—we’re the only beings that make art, develop inventions, and solve crosswords. Second, it adds meaning to our lives. ‘The excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab comes close to the ideal fulfillment we all hope to get from life, and so rarely do,’ Csikszentmihalyi wrote. ‘Perhaps only sex, sports, music, and religious ecstasy…provide as profound a sense of being part of an entire entity greater than ourselves. But creativity also leaves an outcome that adds to the richness and complexity of the future.'”
Read the full article here.


  1. Hi Yvonne C Many thanks for the article "Is creativity a core element of humanity?" This should be mandatory reading for all people. Our academic system  (AS) is based on the development of the left lobe of the brain while the right lobe that is associated with creativity has been somewhat abandoned by the AS. I believe that everyone is creative and it is not something that belongs to a small section of our society but it belongs to all and it can be taught and promoted. Further, Creativity is seldom acknowledged within an individual and it is also one of the problems with the recognition of this gift.  


  2. Oops, I take back my previous comment on elephants and painting. After doing some more research it seems that they probably do not get a lot of joy out of painting.


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