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Primal urges

“Part of understanding the creative urge is understanding that it’s primal. Wanting to change the world is not a noble calling, it’s a primal calling.” I came across this revelatory statement in Hugh MacLeod’s gapingvoid write up about creativity from a couple years ago.

From this point of view, it’s easy to see why many of our old ways don’t work. The total disregard for individual creativity enforced by Industrialism and our system of public education results in a society that’s essentially deformed. You can’t ignore the primal, it derrives from a power stronger than gravity. By attempting to deny personal creativity, we become mere shadows of ourselves.

But is creativity by definition ‘wanting to change the world?’ I would suggest it’s more about wanting to know the world, to drill down to essences, to offer your best abilities in service to your compassion. Creativity is dwelling in the interface between your inner knowing and your interactions with the world, and finding ways to harmonize the two. Creativity is our primal impulse to bridge the gap between heaven and earth.

So if you need justification for spending time developing your creative self, just remember that it’s instinct, as natural as breathing. If you care about your health and appearance, you devote time to exercise. If you care about your soul and happiness, you make room for creative practices in your life. And if we all care about justice, excellence, and prosperity, it’s high time we all buy into the culture of innovation in business.