BIPOLAR CREATIVITY

How much does creativity benefit from a bipolarity of culture? Western creativity is nurtured by its Judaeo-Christian dogma on one side and its Hellenic-Humanistic rationalism on the other. Rationalism and irrationalism; world and Spirit; nature and anti-nature. the fruits that can be picked from this plant with its bifurcating roots compared to more singular stems, like the Islamic One, or Mediaeval singularity, stand out as testimonies of the richness of bipolarity. A richness which is amplified by the eclectic branching that must come from globalisation.

Real scientific advancement is very often retarded by well-founded suspicions. Science has been so badly used and manipulated over the centuries that the most creative scientific ideas are often branded as madness or monstrous, not necessarily because they sound too fantastic to be possible, but because they sound inhuman. Extreme science has been responsible for so much change (both good and bad) and will be responsible for very much more – but, how can we ensure that science is used positively? Might the very creativity that is possible in science, and is an inherent part of science, not also be responsible for a necessary perversity? How much does creativity rely on transgression?

Creation must be allowed to transgress if it is to achieve the fluid, flowing mechanics of change that we now associate with all creativity. Control is anathema to transgression, but not to creativity itself. All artistic and alchemical processes demand a fixing agent to stabilise it and prevent the chain of reactions caused by transgression from tearing it apart. Creation must be fixed, and that fixation should be an ethical, humanising force, designed to evoke the general good in the purpose of the creation rather than the aim of profit, power and manipulation.

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