The Importance of Creativity

It’s not easy to be creative, but creativity and the arts are really important.

Fair warning: this is going to be a stream of consciousness/rant. I went through 5 or 6 topics before settling on this one. I went back to a previous draft, started writing it, and then closed it again. I started writing two other topics; just wasn’t feeling it. So instead, here is my completely opinionated, not factually based rant about why creativity is important.

There are essential elements to life, and non-essential elements. We all need food, water, shelter, and apparently internet access to survive. As a result, we need farmers, plumbers, engineers, architects, IT specialists, energy experts, doctors, lawyers… The list goes on. There are a lot of things that have to be there in order for the modern world to function.

Most of us would agree that doctors are essential. Engineers are pretty important. Scientists in general are very helpful to have. Farmers (though they don’t always get much credit) are the reason most of us are alive. There are functions that are commonly held to be of vital importance and we must support these fields.

The arts are not always (rarely if ever) considered essential.

But I disagree with that notion. Creatives and those who make art are essential and what they contribute to the world is essential.

A life without art is dull and monotonous. Monotony breeds disease.

People need to be entertained. They need to laugh. They need to feel good. Above all, people need to feel. Art makes you feel. Music can make the hair on your arms stand up. A good movie can make you laugh or cry or think. Art galleries draw in people by the thousands.

Art is an integral part of the world that can change the world.

If you don’t buy into the notion that art is essential, that’s fine. You don’t have to. No one will force you. But I’ll argue that in your ‘essential’ jobs, there’s an art to it. There is art and beauty in numbers. Science expands the realm of possibility beyond what is available naturally on Earth. It allows us to innovate and create beautiful things. Engineers build bridges that are not only functional; they are beautiful.

All people are creative in their own ways. Some people write. Some people bet against the ‘fool-proof’ housing market.

However you choose to be creative, go be creative. If you want to do something that is generally considered traditional, that’s absolutely fine. There is great value in that. If you want to do something artistic, not everyone is going to support you. Some things, they shouldn’t support you. Some things aren’t art. But other things, they won’t support you even if they should.

Bottom line, creativity and the arts are important. That is all.

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