The creative class is often dubbed as controversial. They are hardly understood and very often misunderstood. But no other ‘class’ of people can express themselves as the creative people can. This can have both positive and detrimental effects on the person, their family or the society as a whole.
Since necessity is the mother of invention; creativity sometimes sprouts only under pressure. If I am an individual who is not driven by the need to write down what I perceive the morning to be, I would simply drift through my life absorbing very little, creating even less. It is the need to pour words out on a blank sheet of paper that is screaming for attention, that a writer writes. Other times, she/he is only driven by the necessity of earning money.
Likewise, an inventor creates since necessity drives him to create. He has an idea and he must see it through or he cannot rest.
‘Creativity’ is the most important gift a human being can have. It is what distinguishes her/him from the others of their species. Apart from the usual eccentricities that some creative people possess, they are by all means an asset to the society when the end-result of their creative endeavours is considered. When the creative energies are coupled with the unusualness of thought, behaviour, character or perception, it can create such spectacular results that can leave the onlooker enthralled. But social niceties are usually an encumbrance for them and hence the creative class is sometimes projected as a “Party of One”.
Creativity has its moments of silence and quiet study. It is imperative for a writer or an inventor to be left unhindered and unimpeded since creation is a solitary process and one can work best when left uninterrupted in her/his long hours of solitude. This is the most important part of the creative process and must be respected likewise. Any disturbance caused during this period sets the process back by several weeks.
But in certain contexts, this creative class can help sail through during the economic crisis of a country. I am not talking about individualistic approach but the outcome of the performances as a whole.
Moving over to the economic standpoint, if I am a well-established travel-writer living in a country which is currently undergoing an economic crisis that is naturally affecting it’s currency, I can use my imagination and create harmonious passages describing my country in the best and the most favourable light so as to attract people planning a holiday to visit it, aided also by the fact that their holiday would be cheaper now than any other time. This way I am bringing in a bit of foreign currency and helping the government by aiding the tourism industry. I know this may sound far-fetched but it’s a perspective, one way of looking at it.
If I am an inventor, I think it would be the best time for me to reverberate to the ethos of the scientific community and create something of a deep and heralding value and significance.
Therefore, it can also be said that shortage of resources (individualistic/societal/national level) also drives creation and invention. It’s a fact that creative people find it very difficult to abide by the stringent rules set by the society. This is because any kind of rules is detrimental to creation. They must always explore, absorb and create. This is what gives them more happiness than anything else in the world.
(Note: As some readers may know; this article is the renewed and re-written version of a previous one and depicts a practitioner’s point of view.)