Plus nous approfondirons la nature du temps, plus nous comprendrons que durée signifie invention, création de formes, élaboration continue de l’absolument nouveau.
Henri Bergson. Evolution Créatrice
The most definitive feature of nature is development; destruction does exist but in a sense of its support. What is the difference between development and movement? Development implies complexification, differentiation, renovation – creation. Movement belongs to theoretical physics, not to life.
In this case man does not have to feel ashamed about his belonging to nature: while being at first sight the chaos of elements, shapes and instincts, it still has creative nature. And since no atom and no impulse spends extra energy in this system it only means that the system saves the energy for some purpose – otherwise why could it not have been more generous in its infinity?
Beyond the divine connotations of The Bible (as far as it’s possible), not the least wise book of all the humanity, the man’s purpose is described there precisely by connection to a creative deity (which is usually misunderstood in a materialistic sense): “in His own image”. This “image” is surely not appearance but the ability to create.
Creation is the most natural and the most simple of all the human acts: more accessible than speech and definitely easier than reproduction. But, again, in the materialistic sense, creation is not even included into a list of the usual human acts. Man creates unconsciously, constantly, gratis – and if only the word “instinct” had not been polluted by narrow materialistic meanings, I would have said that “instinct of creation” is the most powerful of all human instincts. The picture of a horse on a cold cave’s wall is even less impressing than a mythology behind the horse – and mythology is one of the earliest kinds of human activity – creative activity, because it is impossible to explain it by the purpose of surviving or procreation.
Convinced that they can only justify their existence by impersonal production, people spend years attending accidental jobs, trying to drown their disappointment in leisure or family life. We are so used to think that a person exists only for the sake of job or entertainment, that we often call “creative” merely one small group of people, which is doing something that “nobody really needs” – art. In fact, creation does not have a lot to do with art – it is not some specific kind of activity. Creation – is an intensity of personal existence.
It can manifest itself on different levels: profession, communication, intelligence and even morality. Creation implies conscious personal coordination with developing nature and time.
It does not turn an artist into artist, but the man into himself. Creation is an art of becoming what one is, and the contradiction here indicates the connection between man and organised nature around. How can one become what one already is? By revealing one’s own potential. Man’s creative power is a logical extension of the Univers’ instinct and the potential, which everyone contains, can only become actual with the participation of the nature – either material or social. Creation is not a superstructure of society, but its foundation – as it is for the individual.
Creation is mysterious: nothing can be said about its origin and we only acknowledge that it comes through our consciousness. If one does not rule one’s own creation, creation starts to rule oneself: like every instinct this one can stand no suppression.
Creation is an energy, transforming the world around and within. The most precise poetic description of it is “Der Wille zur Macht”. This will is of life, and since it is just one of such, we can now compare how little has so far been given to us by the others: the will of reproduction and the will of fear. Creation is the most pure will ever, which only deserves becoming an essence of society instead of consumption or self-suppression – for every achievement that is made by humanity owes to creation: knowledge, language, art.
Creation is a path of universal cognition through oneself. We were meant to create: it was so natural, that early laws left this field out of restrictions, describing the mere conditions of productive Creation, which were healthy food and safe society. Anyway the laws were preceded by mythology, which has more natural basics: The Ten Commandments would not have appeared without the legend of the Deluge and even Kabbalah; the Roman Law is unbelievable without the Greek pantheon. But whatever we see behind the concept of God, it obviously represents Universe in its symbolic sense, which is one of the two conditions of Creation – the second condition is Man.