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The Luck of Creativity
Creativity and Divine Intervention
I never thought that I would mull about dieting and gambling at the same time( talk about evocative), but this morning, hours after I lost a hefty amount at the local casino, I realized that dieting and gambling offer contrasting emotional responses in humans. Dieting is often described as painful by most, but the occasional resulting loss of the fatty deposit in the shank could be soporific; on the other hand, gambling obviously is pleasurable but the perpetual resulting loss of the money deposits in the bank could be sulfuric. I often hear that it is harder to lose weight dieting, than to gain back the pounds; it is easier to lose the pounds (if you are in England) gambling than to gain it back. Is it due to luck that one could succeed in both thus invoke Divine intervention in neither.
Several years ago I posted on the Forum section of HubPages a question : "Is it luck or is it divine intervention?" In the post I wrote: The assignation that you are one lucky (or unlucky) bastard comes from the unassailable notion that you, to the extent that other operative forces allow you no time and space for action or inaction, do not have complete control over your life. In turn, this notion proceeds from the idea that Albert Einstein himself once propounded when he said that God does not play dice with the universe. I will agree with what he is proposing if he applies it solely to the function of the known and (yet) unknown physical forces that rule the wider universe. I believe that one can not really apply this "Divine Intervention Theory" even in its strictest sense to the human mind. Free will as it exist purposely in the realm of human interaction could only be truly free, if the human brain that assuage its manifestation is not subjected to structural and functional anomalies that could wreak havoc on how it finally expresses free will.
I just had this rather "too-far-out-field" idea: ...that the biblical Adam and Eve were not really the first humans on earth, but the first humans who creatively (if un-consciously) invoked the concept of FREE WILL, when they disobeyed God's command not to eat of "the fruit of knowledge"; knowledge in this case being closely entwined with the process of creation, and creativity being unhinged from and totally devoid of Divine Intervention.
As un-luck would have it human creativity, according to anthropologists, had its roots from the very uncomplex and not-too-integrated workings of the gray matter of our hominid predecessors; creatitivity that has been spurred by the demands of surviving a very hostile world. The progression of hominid creativity closely "time-lined" with the increase in their cranial capacity and cerebral mass/volume, ultimately finding its apex in Homo Sapiens' brain capacity that is unmatched by any other specie, including our close genetic kin, the bonobos.
In the process of gaining so much heft to their cerebral functioning, did humans start to think that their creativity is unlimited, including that of creatively invoking free will to disobey God and therefore unshackle themselves from Divine intervention?
Going back to the subject of dieting and gambling. Some would say that neither activity invokes or involves much creativity, in so far as the linear progression from gaining to losing weight or money is fairly straightforward. However un-creative some may feel going on a dietary regimen, or trying to beat the odds gambling, creativity could in fact be a game changer... luck and Divine intervention notwithstanding . BUT rolling the dice is never creative--just ask God, Dr. Atkins or the local Indian tribe casino operator.