Thursday, January 27, 2011

At the beginning of a 40-minute walk in Whatcom Falls Park yesterday morning

"All my life I have been haunted by the fascinating questions of creativity. Why does an original idea in science and art "pop up" from the unconscious at a given moment? What is the relation between talent and the creative act, and between creativity and death? Why does a mime or a dance give us such delight? How did Homer, confronting something as gross as the Trojan War, fashion it into poetry which became a guide for the ethics of the whole Greek civilization?"

(from the preface to The Courage to Create, by Rollo May)


The Solitary Walker said...

Ah, these are questions which could preoccupy us for many lifetimes I think - and we still wouldn't get close to the answers... The creative act will always be a beautiful mystery.

Loren said...

"The Courage to Create" is one of my favorite Rollo May books, am. The only one I ever read twice, but, then, it's also one of his shortest.