What is Creation, by Definition?

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Two Vases: Destruction and Creation

A Tale of Two Vases: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
A Tale of Two Vases: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... | Source

The Scope of This Article

I'm just going to answer the basic "What is creation?" question in this article, because there are too many ways of looking at it to write about them all here. Also, this definition would be true regardless of one's socio-theological beliefs, therefore going through examples of why it is true according to each belief system is unnecessary.

Creation vs. Destruction. Is that Really the Case?

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A newly "created" vase from a boring one.A broken vase; the opposite side of creation?
A newly "created" vase from a boring one.
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A broken vase; the opposite side of creation?
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What is Creation?

"Creation" is both a process and its product. "This [pointing to an object] is my latest creation," said the artist. "My novel is still in the early stages of creation," said the author.

Creation, then, is the process or state-of-being of something that never before existed, and possibly never will again. This is true whether creation came about by willful creation, such as an artist's creation, or by happenstance creation, such as the smoothed, carved out catch basin and resulting stream/river caused by a waterfall.

So, a creation is anything that one can see, hear, taste, touch, smell, or think. In other words, either an observation, whether direct or not, or an idea or concept in one's mind.

The Process of Creation

Processes such as evolution, playing the piano, reading, erosion, or melting (of ice, butter, and so on) are also creations.

At the subatomic level, Heizenburg's Uncertainty Principle tells us that simply by observing something we have changed it.

I argue that this principle applies here, also, because, by creating something or by observing something that has been or is being created, we create a change in ourselves (at least a mental change) and/or the created object -- sometimes even the in-process creation, too.

Talking about or showing a photograph or video or other representation of a creation or the creation process to someone else creates a change in them, also, so there is a definite ripple effect at work here that can be both massive and extensive.

The Product or Result of Creation

Creation is one of my favorite concepts because it usually means "forward progress" in life or the universe (to me at least, a glass-half-full person).

For example, yesterday I turned a plain square vase into an attractive one simply by taking some old rough cotton string and taping a few pieces of it to the entire outside of the vase using aluminum tape. Creation! And, simultaneously, destruction of the original, plain vase.

The opposite scenario is also true: the other week I knocked a ceramic pot onto the floor, and it cracked and broke and is no longer usable. Also creation! Why? Because something came into being that wasn't there before: a mess for me to clean up and a need to find a comparable pot to replace the broken one.

Half Full or Half Empty?

Is your glass generally half full or half empty?

  • Half full, almost always: I'm an optimist!
  • Half empty, almost always: I'm a pessimist/cynical in general.
  • It depends on whether I was in the process of filling or emptying the glass, really.
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My Glass is Half Full, Despite and Because of Thermodynamics

I prefer to think in terms of creation as being a "glass-half-full", progressive sort of concept. This somewhat contradicts the second law of thermodynamics that things TEND to a more disordered state, which means that creation would, overall, TEND to be negative (in other words, destruction), and not positive. However, I don't see it that way at all. I see creation as the occurrence of ANYTHING that wasn't there before. Some examples will illustrate this point.

For example, if there is a landslide that changes the shape of a canyon wall, simultaneously there was a creation of a new canyon wall with its own shape, adding a new character to that part of the canyon. In other words, one thing was "destroyed" while simultaneously something else was created.

A classic example of the second law of thermodynamics is our expanding universe--things are TENDING toward a more disordered state. However, I view that "more disordered state" as simply a new creation unto itself. Therefore, the second law of thermodynamics does not imply chaos or destruction, simply a change: creation of a new existence, a new configuration of the items in the universe, a change for the better or for the worse but creation nonetheless.

For example, a waterfall, in my mind, satisfies both possibilities, creation and destruction, at once. River water eroded the weaker earth, rock, or sand of its original stream bed, pushing the rock aside and along with the water flow over time (generally, eons). Gradually, a dip in the river was created. Eventually, that dip became significant enough to be called a "waterfall": creation.

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Dan Barfield 3 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

Interesting hub Laura! Thanks for sharing! Creation is one of the things that I am most passionate about. I have a phrase/maxim that is a favorite of mine which relates to this. The phrase is simply this:

Creation is divine.

These three words hold a lot of meaning to me. It is not a reference to creation myths or religion (though obviously that interpretation is equally valid dependent on your beliefs). Rather, for me it firstly refers to the act of self-creation that is life. I mean by this that each of us, as an artist creates a sculpture, create ourselves through our choices and actions in this world. It is each persons responsibility to make that creation the best that they can with the materials available to them.

Secondly there is its most obvious meaning... that the act of creating, of making, of producing new things by the process of synthesis, adaptation and inspiration is a truly wonderful (dare I say holy?) act.

I read your reference to reality's tendency towards the chaotic with interest. Your attitude is a reassuringly optimistic one. It may comfort you to know that though the mathematics that describe our universe are chaotic, they are only chaotic in a fractal sense. From the chaos necessarily arises the most beautiful symmetries. I saw a documentary recently that explained this in a way that blew me away a bit - and with stunning visuals to boot. Go on Youtube and check out "Inner worlds, outer worlds". Even if the spiritual side of the documentary is not your cup of tea, the explanation about the fractal nature of the universe is extraordinary (and a tad uplifting too). :)


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Dan, thanks much for reading my article and for all of the compliments. I learned as much from your response as I did from writing the article. I'm off to check out "Inner worlds, outer worlds", too. Thanks for the tip!


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Emanate Presence 3 years ago from the Head to the Heart

Laura, your act of creation to publish this hub from the core of your well-written answer to the Creation question is most satisfying. It has much depth and meaning to me.

Like you, I also learned from and was uplifted by Dan's response. It is as though your article continued in a flow.

My next stop, "Inner worlds, outer worlds." Thanks to you both.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

I'm glad I could help/inspire, as always, E.P.!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

I love the vase idea! That is really cool!


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, CraftytotheCore!


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m abdullah javed 2 years ago

Excellent Laura, thanks for sharing.

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