Theorie und Praxis - Theoretical and Practical Dimensions
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Creativity or Striving for Perfection 21
Algirdas Gaižutis Creativity or Striving for Perfection Most authors compare creative work with a spiritual development of an individ- ual, which is not an end in itself. Mark Aurelius said that when improving him- self an individual improves the community or society in which he lives and acts, however, he acquires no right to impose his own understanding of improvement on others. This is the timeless thought indeed. A shortage of creative personali- ties determines conflicts occurring in society. It is these personalities who man- age to deal with tricky situations and, without giving prominence to the eruption of emotions, extend the space of tolerance of others. Apart from important ad- vantages and features, they also have a sense of humour, which helps them view many things from a distance as if more objectively, defending their inner free- dom and that of others. More creative people differ from less creative ones in that the former perhaps are more self-confident and are nonconformists; usually they are interested in more complicated issues of life, tend to devote themselves to their main activi- ties more resolutely, have a wider circle of interests and they seem to be con- stantly creating their own individuality, their selves. They do not find them- selves so often under the stress of everyday worries. They keep distance with re- spect to the socium and even culture, though they are quite active in culture and are often engaged in it. The human personality depends to a great extent...
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