Yes and no is the answer to that question.
Through my online studies we were directed to watch a clip on youtube of John Cleese talking about creativity to which myself and many students on the discussion forum found uplifting as well as entertaining. One thing he mentioned about creativity is that it is just like play. We need time to be creative that is separate from our day to day activities because otherwise it wouldn’t be creativity just as play wouldn’t be play if we just played all the time. Here is the link if you are interested.
Back to my question. Although Edward de Bono suggests that creativity is only creative if it adds value, the process it seems, according to John Cleese is a whole lot of fun and even silliness. So yes, being creative is a silly thing to do however without this silly and playful process where would we be? Hence the counter argument that creativity is not silly as the outcome of creativity can be productive and provide value despite the seemingly undirected and playful process to get to that point. Oooh, I’m getting dizzy.
Well this week I was just silly. I became rather sidetracked while trying to explore and investigate an object nominated in my course. Here is a link to a powerpoint presentation of me just being playful. Just warning you, it’s totally silly, has zero purpose, will take a little over 2 minutes that you won’t get back again and will most likely leave you asking ‘point’? Well here is my point, does everything have to have a point when you’re playing and just being silly? I would like to think I will get to the ‘adding value’ part at some stage but until then, I’m being silly…
“Don’t get it” from my brother.
“How are we related?” from my sister.
Feel free to be equally complementary, I can take it.