Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Glinda Guide to Creativity

Elphaba and Crowd

Absurdity breeds creativity. At least that's what Psyblog claims.

And I think they might be right.

While many of us wish that life would come with a map, it's the unmapped experiences that often seem to spark the most new thinking. The dynamic? Absurdity is a meaning-threat that causes us to want to... make meaning. This can be good news on the Creativity Front, especially for parents of toddlers and teens, don't you think? :)

Emerald City Map

This past weekend we went to New York City. It was a whirlwind trip, barely planned.

Glinda and Dorothy's house

Teen girls in tow, we mostly let our days unfold. The city is its own brand of absurdity. The show we attended (Wicked) was too. I came home in a kind of bubble, my mind filled with rainbow magical thoughts, my creativity lifted.

Psyblog doesn't follow up with it's assertion about the relationship of Absurdity to Creativity, but I'm guessing it's important to have a rhythm in place. I'm guessing that non-stop absurdity might not be beneficial (and this is why we must put our toddlers and teens to bed at a reasonable hour :). I'm guessing it is also useful to extend our Creative ideas over time, after our absurd experiences.

So here I am, thinking about Glinda again. Three's a charm, so they say.

Glinda in Bubble

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Anonymous Ann Kroeker said...

Absurdity tilts my head at an angle I'd never attempt on my own.

Absurdity sees the underbelly.

Absurdity exaggerates.

Absurdity disgusts or delights, depending on the subject matter or the lighting.

When I'm face-to-face with the absurd, I can't help but think and react...and for creativity to emerge.

Thank you for giving me new thoughts today, new visuals, and thank you for inviting me into your unplanned, slightly risky, spontaneous, image-packed time in New York City.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Maureen said...

It would be such a dull world if everything were done, as the dictionary says, "in accordance with common sense". And who in his right mind could ever say he hasn't looked foolish. Now, playing the fool is another matter.

2:50 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

OH..... notes from a tilt-a-whirl!!
( N.D. Wilson) and the wonderful outstanding fabulous Wicked! Coming in Sept. with my daughter and we've seen it here at home but just might go again in the Big Apple!

Thanks for a great blog!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Shaunie @ Up the Sunbeam said...

"Absurdity is a meaning-threat that causes us to want to... make meaning." What food for thought L.L.!!

10:47 PM  
Blogger David Rupert said...

When I cling to the railing, I'm not creative. I'm afraid. It's only when i venture out to the edge that I'm most creative.

Ok. Here goes!

8:05 AM  

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