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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Creator Versus Society

Updated on January 15, 2017

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By the hand of the Creator. Certainly activity of nature made these wonders. But who made nature?
By the hand of the Creator. Certainly activity of nature made these wonders. But who made nature? | Source

Society "is" as creation is being.

We are at the same place that we have been for more than two millenniums. Oh East West does not matter at all. Tribal versus Civilized matters not. There is a seeming war between those who really create and the group think of society. First let us be clear that this “versus” is not war or a battle. It is simply a challenge. And let us also clear the air here, we are not talking about creating for profit. So we are narrowing this down a bit between the act of creating and the act of society.

Perhaps taking the notion of “being” may move us further toward a goal of rectifying the challenges between creation and society. “I am being creative” or “I am in a state of being creative”. It would seem as though the first is a concept of producing while the second lies in a concept of a connection to where creative”ness” comes from. Hey now do not judge me for judging, we are simply looking into an area of inquiry that may just tear down a wall that separates creativity and society a tad.

In our regular lives within the lives of others and via our own perception of ourselves we label. My dad was my dad. To others he was a doctor. To himself he was as many things as the world would let him be. A particular “job” was not defining to him. Even being my dad did not settle to restrict his being. Back a while ago before PTSD was as broad spectrum as it is today, we rated stressors of traumatic occurrences. Of course deaths of loved ones were always way up there in the charts. But always in the top few were divorce and job termination. And the connecting factor was not the routine or the heartbreak. It was the loss of identity. Yes it is a bit twisted but it goes like this; we become a dual reflection, we view ourselves “as” so society sees us “as” which we then accept as ourselves. So do we walk up to someone and say “Hi, I am a creator”?

I like to brag and say that by my hand this rose was created.

Well in a way that is true.
Well in a way that is true. | Source

It's a mystery to me.

We are all creative at something I think

So there is a built in conflict between social acceptance and group think and creation. Think of all the problems theologians had when clear definitive multiple separate anthropomorphic “Gods” were the norm. Conflict in creation was constant. Oh for sure most of us at some point have been in think tanks that were somewhat geared toward creation of something new. And they work if the goal is to bring about something that is accepted, profitable or persuasively needed by society. Something bottom line oriented. Oh and to be sure much of what moves us these days can be found by counting “views” across social media. Or perhaps excellent commercials move us into action more than the homeless in our rearview mirror. What I speak of here is just “is”. Not right or wrong. We wonder if that is the flow of society carrying us along or do the thoughts come from within.

Now about this time someone will have caught the title and just assumed we were making a direct reference to the Great Creator most call God. They may even be upset at possibly using a word perfectly correctly to their mind. And they may need to walk away now, but if they will miss the juice of creation by man.

The word creator was used for this title for a very salient point. Our creative impetus does not come from within us. Well we should say solely from us. I spent a good portion of time working in a very technical writing field. It was hardcore issue, rule, application and conclusion. Persuasive research driven stuff that had to be promoted as the right position. The other day I sat down with my pen and pad to write down all the times that I worked with people in such an area where the word “inspired” would begin to capture the writing. It just would not even once. The area is pure logic driven for the purpose of “winning”. But I could count dozens of times when I was rebuked for making emotional logic inspired arguments. And a funny thing happened along the way. I was successful at it. Really pissed conformists off. But the readers of it had basically really near perfect writing on either side of the issue. That was like a big “Duh”. But creating an emotional tug was just that extra something that would put the position over the top. When we first started this wacky world of internet the senior technical staff would love to say “if you gave a monkey enough bananas they could write code”. Obviously simply making the point that most daily stuff is just done by script. Creation is for those who operate both in the technical and that “higher” plane. A creator can get “follow the dots”, but the non-creator cannot get out of the dots. The purely linear thinker cannot look back on their work from a new perspective because there really was no perspective to begin with because there was no creation. (sorry that gives me a headache thinking about it)

Photography is great

Creating art out of what has been created.
Creating art out of what has been created. | Source

This is art on level after level - it moves something in me.

Effort to be creative.

So it would appear that society stymies the creator if the creator’s vision is a reflection of society. Please do not go to that place where eccentric movie stars and painters create something just to shock. That is not creating that is parroting that which is taboo. A big difference here as intentionally thinking only outside of the box is a convention all on its own. Boring!

Now we have a creator free of the bonds of the dictations of society. Now she is ready to dictate to society a creation. And by this freedom can truly impact society. So we completely ignore society in order to engage society. Whoa here is time for true confessions. I preached for a spell. Boy was that easy peasy. Read the Bible portion for the week. Meditate and pray on it. Discuss it with others. Get way into feeling love from and to people and God. Bada boom bada bing you could pump out an awesome sermon in as much time as it takes to give it. In case no one ever told you – the Christian Bible is an instruction book for dummies. Those who only parrot what it says are the dummies. God has given all people a very important gift. A mind – more than just a brain. Cogito Ergo Sum type stuff. So here in Eric’s Sunday Sermon, if you are conversant in your Bible you will just get it when concepts derived therefrom are incorporated. But that requires your use of your mind and my use of creativity. No one ever said that a beautiful painting of a mountain was not creative. Or even a wonderful photo of nature was not creative because they were just reflections of the mountain.

Because God gave everyone the gift of a mind, does not mean that God gave them the gift of creativity. Creativity is not a gift for two reasons. The first is that it can be a curse. Just ask Poe. The second is that it is not a gift, it is a reward for hard diligent effort. It is not like being born beautiful, it is more like the athlete with natural talents, that works 80 hours a week to create something special with that talent.

So muses and angels are out there and abound. But it is the love and passion of us that creates an open door to their heaven which allows us to receive the message that we must create. Creativity is not of us, it is through us.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I leave discussions about the Creator to people smarter than me. I just try to keep myself on a path of kindness and love. It's full-time work for me, Eric, because I'm a cynical, sarcastic bastard....but I'm trying. :)

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill you are a grand example of knowing God which is love rather than myself, thinking about it instead. Funny isn't it that in at least trying we are both filled with joy.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I really never quite understood why people get uptight about creation vs evolution, they both occur daily. We create poems, stories, and articles like this, and yet, we evolve. Hopefully as we learn our understanding allows us to evolve into a better and more kinder person. I can't stand to see a homeless person passed by because we know that not every person has all they need. BTW that is another one of my favorite movies. Blind Al got out of his comfort zone to help another. ' Ain't ' that what it's all about?

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      To be creative we have to think outside the box and do things a little differently than what others do or have done. You are right, though, that creativity is not a gift but something you need to work hard at to achieve. As Ruby said, good writers create but continue to evolve and improve. Another interesting sermon, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby my good friend. It just seems to me that creating and love are in the very essence of my Lord. Kind of like that phrase "let go and let God". I think of you and it is apparent that we actually can create love in those we touch. Have a very nice holiday.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John it always amuses me when I see a person really adamant about no evolution. When I see them a year later, their argument will have evolved and they still argue against it. I have been around long enough to see those kids that I coached coach. A wonderful evolution.

      When ever I read your work you create a feeling in me, thank you.

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      Mel Carriere 3 months ago from San Diego California

      Your last paragraph is one of the most true and beautiful things I have ever read. Yeah, there is a muse, but the muse is like a mine that we have to dig deep to tap into. You are the philosopher-king of the Sprung Valley. Your words ring out across the lake and make my head spin. Or is that the beer I just drank?

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      Linda Lum 3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, perhaps the confusion lies in the question of what is creativity? I think it goes beyond writing, or painting, athleticism or even cooking. Our God gave us wonderful minds to use and a thirst to explore and go beyond ourselves. When we share our hearts, our passions, our love we are still creating something--perhaps the greatest "something" of all.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel my good friend, if sucking on a bottle of booze helps make you what you are. I think it not a good idea to drink only lemon water. Hey let me mention your latest on that Kafka. So cool. I dig it. If people want to read excellent writing and mind stimulating stuff go no further than: https://letterpile.com/books/Kafka-on-The-Shore-Lu...

      Of course the guy is my good neighbor, but only because he is a great writer.

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      Mel Carriere 3 months ago from San Diego California

      Eric, you are so cool your coolness transcends cool. You are cool even for California, and we are the Capital of cool. Thanks for your plug.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, I like this concept; Let me create in you a joyful place. I kind supplant that with our notion of the 1 Cor 13 2-8. Love and Joy are not synonymous but they are contingent on each other. As I have taught my children, there are two truths in our Mexico way reality. Beans beans the magical fruit the more you eat the more you toot. And. Love love the magical thing the more you give the more you bring.

      We sleep well tonight as I am sure you do.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, we would share the same earthquake so why not share the love.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great sermon again Eric. I think to hard about creativity sometimes. Am I creating or an agency of creation. Are they the same. This sermon has me pondering again. But, that is me pondering about me. In other words it is easier for me to see someone creating or what they created. I see that on days when I read works like this one. I see 'you' creating the created work. Agency does not matter.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim, do not you dare to even get humble on me. I was just blown away by your latest. https://hubpages.com/literature/Poem-Truths-Anguis... Some folks, like you, receive the blessing and pass it on. And then you do not just create beauty but create in your fellow a lifting up - and more creations.

      Thank you friend. Please weather our weather well.

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      Dana Tate 3 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I believe that we were born to be creative. After-all, God, did create us in His image. Not only that but one only has to look at the works by the hands of man to see that its true. I do agree that it must be worked on in order to evolve into its full potential. Thanks for sharing the poem "Truths- Anguish." I enjoyed it. That's what I love about you. You are love and, you have no problem sharing the love.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana, do not tell anyone but quite often I do not work hard at the matters that require my creativity. I just do it. It is so strange that I sit down to create and cannot. I sit down and shut up and I create. Motivation and positive action are so important -- but maybe they are overrated?

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      Faith-Hope-Love 3 months ago

      Eric. Once more you have created a piece that is very conducive in making readers give thought to a topic. I had never thought of society as being in a sort of competing role with a creative personality. I did find this a thought inducing creative article. Enjoyed this (Hub). Good work.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John you make me think of artist's colonies. Maybe even some monasteries. The notion of sequestration from a society at large.

      Wait a second! Is that what we have here?

      Interesting book in this vein is "The War of Art".

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      John Ward 3 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      I heartily agree with this. It would be a very good and well read book. The title would compel folks to read and entice most people to think. "The war of Art" Let me know when you write the book.

      I believe we have all been given or are born with some creative talent and as we develop we may or may not build on them. We can choose to use them or not to use them.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry to have misled. "the War of Art" is written by Steven Pressfield. All of my adult children have read it. It is an excellent treatment of letting go so creativity can thrive. It definitely is a choice plus some hard work for most.

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      John Ward 2 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Thanks, Eric, I will pick it up. Should be quite a read. God bless. John

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      If God created me (and you) in his image, and he is one who loves to 'make stuff' then my creative 'talents' aren't 'gifts' are they?

      They'd be more like abilities, and the more I work in those areas, the better I'll be able to use them!

      Thank you for that thought.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence, They are no mine. Is a mantra to God. All I have is a blessing. And each day I must try to deserve it, though I know it is only grace.

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