Michelangelo’s statue of David and especially The Last Judgment, painted on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, as well as his countless inventions and feats of creativity.
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Lamb’s Empire State Building.
Smith’s Burj Khalifa.
The above barely scratches at the surface of outstanding individuals and equally outstanding objects of ocular proof to man’s creative potentiality. Indeed, tremendous feats of extraordinary scale accompany each generation across time, space, geography, and cultures. These accomplishments set precedents for the basis of world record-breaking achievements.
Between ‘genius’ and ‘madness’, is a world of infinite creative potentiality (ICP). The difference is ICP is without (de)moralizing judgment. Because of this difference, creativity is allowed to flourish and empower others to effective agency in a positively meaningful way. Without this, is self-destruction and misjudgment, labeled ‘madness’. (Cases is point: VanGogh, Gauguin, Pollock, Shelley, Woolf, Rachmaninoff, to name a few.)
In my last post “Normalcy vs. Judgment“, I discuss the judgment fallacy:
Unfortunately, embedded within the judgment of normalcy is a judgment of character. However, the judge’s definition of the judged’s character is an exhibition of his own character (and lack thereof). This is the subtlety betrayed in the judgment.
Similarly, in the judgment of normalcy is a betrayal of skewed indifference towards those very categories of ‘normal’ defined and utilized. This is the fallacy of normative judgment. Perhaps a paradigm shift is in order to counteract this fallacy.
For all the creative potentiality that exists in infinite supply, man has an inherent obligation to set aside normative judgments. This is especially so within the creative sphere. Indeed, the fallacy of normative judgment has imbedded within it a toxin. It is the toxin of limitations.
Limitations on creativity can be destructive. Excessive limitations on creativity are lethal. Creativity is the essence of existence as long as life so defined is animate. Destroying creativity sabotages existence.
The creative world carries the obligation of free expression. It is the conscience, pulse, commentary, self-reflection, and editorial of that moment in time within that particular social climate. It is not affiliated with any particular politic as it is its own party: The Artist.
Before jumping into any judgment – hasty or premeditated – remember well this triad and you will not be so further inclined:
1) the fallacy of normative judgment,
2) the creative obligation, and
3) The Artist Party.