Creative Integrity

I’m not cre­ative like an artist or mu­si­cian or a po­et or a chef or a film­mak­er or a writer, but I am cre­ative. I’m cre­ative be­cause my need to to build and sup­port rather than de­stroy or un­der­mine makes me a cre­ator. Creating com­mu­ni­ty or re­in­forc­ing net­works might not be as im­me­di­ate­ly ed­i­fy­ing as a well writ­ten po­em or a pret­ty tune or a tasty din­ner, but I think in­tan­gi­ble cre­ativ­i­ty of that sort [par­ent­ing could be an­oth­er ex­am­ple] lets the cre­ator re­tain his cre­ative in­tegri­ty longer.

What I mean by cre­ative in­tegri­ty is that a cre­ator should cre­ate not for his own ed­i­fi­ca­tion or the use of oth­ers, but for the cre­ation it­self, that it may be. Appending val­ue on­to the cre­ation is nec­es­sary and ap­pro­pri­ate, as is ed­i­fi­ca­tion and ef­fec­tive use, but I feel most ed­i­fied dur­ing the process and com­ple­tion of cre­ation. Effective use can be striv­en for, but is not guar­an­teed, which is why I feel it is sec­ondary to the ex­is­tence of a cre­ation it­self. There is a sort of amaze­ment at ac­com­plish­ment and a si­mul­ta­ne­ous loss of pow­er in a fin­ished prod­uct. That mo­ment of equi­lib­ri­um main­tains cre­ative in­tegri­ty. If the amaze­ment rules, ego can take prece­dence over the act of cre­ation. If oth­ers be­gin to de­ter­mine the cre­ative path, the cre­ator be­comes an au­toma­ton.

5 thoughts on “Creative Integrity

  1. Your blog — the oth­er one — is half the rea­son I want to move to the Mont. You’ve cre­at­ed a vir­tu­al sense of com­mu­ni­ty that en­hances and ex­pands up­on the sense of the com­mu­ni­ty it­self. As to the pur­pose of your cre­ation, whether for your­self, for oth­ers, or for the thing it­self, I can­not at­test. But I would have giv­en any­thing to be part of the Alco-Crawl, so to me that sug­gests the beau­ty of the thing it­self (the sense of com­mu­ni­ty you’ve en­gen­dered, not the al­co­hol.)

    Plus, I re­al­ly want to see a link to my blog on the side­bar! It’s like hang­ing out with Ginsberg and Kerouac.

  2. lou: i keel you.

    ptb: thanks! i think you’re a tad over­board on the Ginsberg/​Kerouac thing though un­less you’re talk­ing about HCG and Snoggie.

  3. Glad to see you cov­ered your ass on that one, Adam…by ex­clud­ing Snog and I from the over­board bit. We are fair­ly cool, smart, fun­ny, and most of all hum­ble. Wa wa wa.

    Yes-I got the movie tick­ets, but had to work too late to go. And next time, knock on my frig­gin’ door and come up for a beer. Geez.

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