Wednesday, 11 May 2011

transcendence, immanence?

In some ways, creativity enables people to transcend ordinary existence (insofar as creativity is, by definition, making something NEW, ie going beyond what existed before)

A friend made this comment to me recently. I never know what to think of the idea of transcendence. It seems to me that it's suggesting moving away from something; above, beyond, taking you to somewhere else. And, by definition, thereby, to some degree separating you from the thing you're transcending.

It seems to me that creativity is the opposite of this. It doesn't take you away, place you above, detach you from ordinary existence. It takes you further in to your existence; opening up dimensions within the apparently ordinary that before you were unable to perceive...


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