Man's Ultimate Commitment

Man's Ultimate Commitment

Man's Ultimate Commitment

Man's Ultimate Commitment

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Creativity is the central theme of this book. Like every word in common usage, it has many meanings. Hence, to avoid confusion and misunderstanding I must specify here at the beginning the particular meaning which I attach to "creativity."

First of all a negative statement is required to clear away a common meaning which I do not intend. By creativity I do not mean creative work whether in art or science or technology or social organization or in any other area of human achievement. To be sure, creative work may accompany the kind of creativity which I shall discuss. But I shall be examining not creative work but the creative transformation of the individual in the wholeness of his being. Not the activity by which the individual produces innovations, but the transformation of the individual himself when this change is of the kind here called creative is what I mean by creativity.

Creative transformation of the individual is distinguished from every other kind of change by four characteristics. These four are not the only features pertaining to it, for creativity is very complex and in its depth fades into mystery. In the course of the writing which follows some of these other components of creativity will be noted. But the four here to be mentioned will serve to distinguish this kind of transformation from other kinds.

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