I ran across an article by writer Agustin Fuentes last night and want to share it here because it’s very interesting. As Fuentes says in the beginning of his article, “Humans have incredible creative potential.” The problem with this, thought, is that we can use our creative potential for creative endeavors or destructive and even cruel ones. We label ourselves “Homo sapiens” meaning “wise man” but we don’t always live up to that moniker.
After researching for his new book, Fuentes says he came to the conclusion that the human imagination adds more good outcomes than bad ones. In fact, he concludes that our creativity is what makes us exceptional. He also points out that we have the capacity to be creative every day but in our contemporary world we often fail to realize this and so we just kind of go along with the flow.
Turning to human evolution, Fuentes says that about 2 million years ago several groups of “naked upright primates” began a journey and they creatively collaborated in ways no other creature at the time did. For instance, they began to make tools out of stones, they began to venture into new lands beyond those they’d known, they began to explore and eat new foods, and in essence they began to manipulate the world around them. Continue Reading