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Creativity is not nice



“If you want that good feeling that comes from doing things for other folks then you have to pay for it in abuse and misunderstanding.” -Zora Neale Hurston

Creativity is not nice.

The very act of making something happen, even if you go about it in the most polite way possible, results in the perceived destruction of some preexisting thing or condition.

The act of making music destroys the preceding state of silence.

The act of building property destroys the preceding state of unobstructed space.

Pablo Picasso wrote, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.”

Pick whatever example of constructive action you wish and the following observation remains true:

It is impossible to introduce new possibilities into a state of affairs without simultaneously challenging, disrupting, or altering the patterns that are forced to accommodate or tolerate those possibilities.

For this reason, the creative process is inherently controversial.

Your commitment to a creative undertaking of any kind gives someone else the golden opportunity to define you as their enemy.

And unless you’re destined to become the first person in history to have no detractors, it’s only a matter of time before someone makes your cause, your concepts, or your convictions their “poster boy” for everything that’s wrong with the world.

When that time comes, do not be gentle. Create and destroy.

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