Hi, and welcome back to the Chrissie Murphy Designs blog for another week. Today I’m going to weigh in on a debate that’s been flying around the internet – is technology is limiting creativity? Have a look on google, and you’ll see all sorts of things out there about this idea. Before I begin though, I think it’s probably worth checking out my All About Chrissie page, and in particular my beliefs around creativity. Basically, I believe our Creator is limitless in His creativity and I believe we are created in His image, so therefore I believe we are limitless in our creativity as well.
OK, so now that I’ve laid that on the table and defined my core belief, the point I think this debate misses, is why someone would think creativity can be limited in the first place? Over the years I’ve lost count of the amount of conversations I’ve had with people about creativity. Many of them though go something like this.
“Hi, I’m Chrissie and I like to draw, mainly florals and patterns, and lately I’ve gotten into blogging. I’m passionate about connecting creative’s to the Creator through the beauty of art and craft.” I then share some of my drawings and work.
“Your work’s beautiful, but I’m not a very creative person, I don’t do anything, I can’t draw to save my life!”
“Creativity is more than drawing you know. I believe we are all creative.”
“No, I don’t think so. I’m not creative at all.”
You’ve probably had conversations like this too… and that little statement, “I’m not creative at all” is a lie. I’m not calling the person who said it a liar, but the fact that someone has come to believe it saddens me so much, because I think they’ve come to believe a lie. They’ve been deceived, and it breaks my heart.
Let me give you a list of how I think creativity can be expressed:
- Cooking and Baking
- Woodworking and carving
- Glass blowing
- Crocheting or knitting
- Hairdressing and styling
- Cosmetically through makeup, nail art and pedicures
- Recycling and Reusing
- Frugal living
- Lead lighting
- Jewellery making
- Visually through Film and Television
And the list goes on, but I think you’re getting my point. Everyone, in some way or another, is creative. Creative is defined as “having the quality or power of creating” and it’s “resulting from the originality of thought, expression or imagination“. I’ll say it again, everyone is creative. To believe otherwise is to believe a lie.
If you have come to believe this lie, I encourage you to speak into it and call it out for what it is – a lie! Words and thoughts are powerful, as they shape us (even our own), so break their power and start believing you are creative, you were born creative and you have the quality and power to create living within you.
Back to the debate… is technology limiting creativity? You’ve probably guessed what my response would be… it’s no, I don’t believe it is. I think we are the only one’s who can limit our creativity. Technology is a tool, nothing more, nothing less, whether you choose to use the tool or not, will depend on how useful you believe the tool is.
Someone who turns wood uses many tools. They have different chisels in all sorts of sizes and shapes and each tool can produce a different effect in the wood. A wood turner will have their favourite tool, and they’ll have tools they don’t like at all.
Technology is no different. As a tool there will be those who love it for helping to produce more creative ideas, and there will be those who don’t, because their creative ideas are fueled in other ways. I think both sides of the fence are ok, the problems only arise when one side thinks it’s better than the other. It’s great to be passionate about what fuels your creative ideas, just don’t get so passionate that you believe your way is the only way.
I hope I’ve given you another perspective to consider in this great debate, but do you know what? I’d love to hear your perspective too! So much of this debate is happening online, and technology is being used to record and store the statements and comments, of the for’s and against’s in this debate. The content of those statements and comments, has come about through the originality of thought, expression or imagination. As Alanis Morissette once said, “Isn’t it ironic?”
Until next week, connect with the Creator. Let him inspire you, His magnificence and greatness is everywhere, even in art and craft.