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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What are the Virtues of Creativity?

CREATIVITY - The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc. [Creativity week begins here. Click for this week's Bliss Initiatives.]

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I've recently been thinking about what I will do once my year of Bliss comes to an end. Part of me thinks I should just keep going and continue repeating my virtues. It isn't as if one could ever be done with any of them but a new concentration could be very fun. If you have peeked at my Play an Everyday Game tab at the top of the blog you would have read that I'm considering things like Everyday Green and Everyday Adventures as possible future games but each time I come to creativity week it just seems that the topic is so rich it would be a very good stand alone topic. 

There is already a Creative Everyday challenge which was started by Leah who also runs an Art Every Day Month challenge in November. There are also loads of creativity focused websites and blogs.  Eric Maisel of  "The Creativity Book" has a whole bunch of programs and strategies for encouraging creativity. With all the rich material already available there could be a lot of interesting aspects to explore. So the question becomes what aspects? What are the virtues of creativity

As I did when starting my Virtues of Bliss inquiry a perusal of dictionaries and reference works (like The Creativity Book) provide a fun hunting ground. I haven't taken the time to get serious about this, and I haven't committed to anything with regard to my future games but looking at my different virtues in this way is really quite fun. You may want to do a version of this inquiry for anything you would like concentrate on. A whole Everyday Game is not required for benefits to be discovered.

So on my first pass here are six virtues of creativity that I believe could provide a richer understanding of creativity itself:







How about you? If you were designing a game with "virtues of creativity" what would you include? What embodies creativity for you? If this is to be the next Everyday Game what should not be missed?

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  1. These "virtues" of creativity are perfect. I think the most important key to creativity is imagination and the ability to think outside the box. Dream up the fantastic. It doesn't matter if you are skilled or not - everyone has an inner artist waiting to be unleashed. You could write a poem, paint a picture, create a fun hairstyle. The sky's the limit! Just imagine it! :) Theresa

  2. Creativity enable us to bring into existence the art within us! All of us are artists; all of us are creators of some sort of art! Loving is an art! Each virtue you have listed are arts performed by each of us - some are better at them than others, yet - we are all artists! I admire your idea to create this blog so full of inner expression! What a gift! Personally I express some art through painting and every time I pick up the brush I experience any and all virtues spoken here! Thank you for bringing me closer to your heart, as I see your heart fills every word written here! Respectfully,
    ✩♥*•˛♥˛•*♥✩Vera De Carvalho, aka ARTweestic ✩♥*•˛♥˛•*♥✩

  3. Love your creativity virtues ~ I also need childlike wonder, awe and an open heart. I find that if I'm "in the moment", I'm more open to everyday delights. Thanks for sparking those thoughts!

  4. I would agree fully with your 6 virtues.

    Much of my creativity comes from nothing. I sit quietly, blockages evaporate, and then the ideas come torrent-like at me. So it would fall into the category of inspiration with meditation as the impetus.

    Great insight ;)


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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues

  • 1. TEMPERANCE - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • 2. SILENCE - Speak not what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • 3. ORDER - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • 4. RESOLUTION - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • 5. FRUGALITY - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • 6. INDUSTRY - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 7. SINCERITY - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • 8. JUSTICE - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • 9. MODERATION - Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • 10. CLEANLINESS - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths or habitation.
  • 11. TRANQUILITY - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 12. CHASTITY - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or to the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • 13. HUMILITY - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.


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