Monday, 15 March 2010

Creative Industries: The Value of Creativity in Society

When it boils down to it humanity's whole existence is built upon creativity and innovation. Without the spark of creation we would be no more advanced than chimpanzees, creativity of ever kind has brought us into the future so the question of "Creativity's Value in Society" is one that is hard to pin point as the many different types that exist have brought us to this very moment, to the point where I am able to deliver this information without ever meeting or knowing you.

The great thing about any creation is it can influence anything else in society, for instance concept art of an object for a film can end up influencing a real product for consumers to buy and vice-versa. Then there are instances that real-life events influencing writers to create narratives for people's entertainment and after that people can be inspired by these stories. Creativity plays a great part in society as imagination is one of humanity's strongest aspects helping us find new ways to solve problems, dream up solutions to bring us into a new higher plane of existence but, all these are not as noble as curing diseases. Humanity has also created some of the most devastating and horrifying creations known in history, but none so much as the atomic bomb. After the bombing of Japan at the end of the second world war Mankind learned that it had created it's ultimatum, seeing the effects of this horror of science Japan surrendered The Emperor issued a statement that would inform the rest of the world.

"Should we continue to fight, not only would it result in an ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation, but also it would lead to the total extinction of human civilization."

In society creativity is the gift mankind was given one that if manifested could be seen as a coin, that when any person sets out to create something it is flipped and depending on which side it lands determines it's outcome as good or bad to one person. In the terms of artistic creation often is can be both a blessing and a curse as it can be torture knowing that you can create something but when you can't achieve the vision in your mind it can be torture. Most famously the tragedy of Van Gogh, today known as one of the most skilled and emotional artist but his works were not appreciated within his own life time, Van Gogh also suffered from severe mental health problems which eventually lead to his own demise showing that creativity is a double edged sword.

Society owes everything to the concept of creativity, all it's highs and lows. Whilst the question is an easy one to answer it's hard to define why as there as so many aspects to creativity but simply put, Mankind owes all it's greatest achievements and horrific monstrosities to it's own creation.

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