We live in a recycled culture. Creative thought is no longer about originality, but rather about copy and paste. We see someone else’s idea, claim it, and make it our own. We feast on sequels, pine after everyone else’s success, and picnic on a past that we mold into our own ‘original’ thoughts. Nothing seems to be truly creative anymore. Its all been done before, and so few of us even try to create something from our hearts.
This observation poses a question to challenge our way of thinking: Am I cultivating culture or mirroring culture?
There is such a huge difference between these two concepts. To mirror, one simply holds up a similar reflection of what has been done already, but to cultivate is to plant, nourish, and build from the ground up. To mirror is to copy; to cultivate is to create. A mirror does no work on its own, it simply takes from the world around it, whereas, something cultivated fights to exist and creates a world of its own. And because it is so easy to duplicate and tweak the world around us that is often what we do.
We ask ourselves questions like, “Why work so hard to create something? Isn’t it challenging enough as it is? Isn’t it better to take the simpler path to creative thought, and express ourselves instead of spending our whole lives seeking cultivated perfection?” These are all valid questions, but here are my thoughts of the subject:
We shouldn’t simply settle for good enough. God created mankind in his image (Genesis 2) and that image was a creative image. God created because he is in his essence a Creator. It is into such an image that we are birthed. Our desire for expression stems from the one whose very nature permeates creative movement. Wouldn’t it follow then, that our skills, talents, abilities, and passions should flow from the depths of the image of the original Creator? I believe so. There is a depth of beauty that we lose in our ‘copy/paste’ mentality. If we simply mirror the work of others our expression loses our heart. Our passion can only stem from the ground that we ourselves cultivate and nurture. It is here that we create a world of our own: a world of beauty, hope and originality.
I write this in hopes that you too will find your creative movement, and that your passion, heart, and creative signature would reflect not the creations of the world, but rather the image of the Creator Himself.
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