Creativity and Chaos
29 May 2007

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. - Genesis 1: 1-3

I love that image of creation starting with chaos. As a lover of classical music I think that the opening bars of Haydn's Creation express this well in musical terms.

Those who know me will recognize this artistic representation of my desk...

The cartoon is by Dave Walker who graciously gives permission to use his cartoons for blogs so long as they are credited and with a link to his own Cartoon Blog.

Another one of his that I can identify with is:

Looks like Dave has similar work habits to my own. Is disorganization a common feature to creative types?


I can recognize my own way of organizing there.... As a good creative I've found two explanations: one is personality- profile- according to MBTI I'm an ENTP: that says it all!
The other concept came to me reading Rene Girard and the human fondamentary need to copy ( when my natural tendency to contradict that took over): If you look at the problem from a patterning aspect- One of the concepts of life is certainly copying ( cell-mitosis, learning by heart, carrying culture,asimilating ideas of others and so forth) , but for organisms more complex another aspect comes into the game which is integrating hazard (and thus chaos) In cells that is the meiosis, and the capacity to recombine memory of events and to integrate and adapt to the new up to being creative.
Somehow both is needed-the copying not to reinvent the wheel all the time, and the chaos to give birth to new possibilities.. In times of trouble we tend to stick to the known ( copy) and are afraid of the second as uncontrollable ( chaos). And, let's face it, even for the weirdos who live by change like me a bit of reflecting on what to keep in order to get a bit of structure into their thinking ( and order unto their table) is of the essence.
Daniele de Lutzel, 04 June 2007

A big sigh!
I have always been trying to be better organized but it seems so hard! I keep on writing reminders and forgetting where I put them. Married to a very well organized engineer for almost 29 years, I try to learn from him, as it is very clear that being organized, makes life much easier, though sometimes those who are too organized are often frustrated when facing un- expected changes in their lives! they are usually less flexible and can't handle two subjects at the same time. Copying and sticking to orders is easier but creativity and chaos is more fun!
One thing I would like to ask Daniele de Lutzel please: what is MBTI and ENTP?!
Hoda Amin Cairo June 05 June 2007
Hoda Amin, 05 June 2007

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