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Philosophy of life


“Creativity saves the world”

I adhere to a hermeneutic philosophy of life anchored in personal experience, which for me is the most valuable measure. Creative writing and song writing have taught me that creativity is a divine act, a reflection of the energy through which God created the world and us humans in His image and likeness. We are all created in the image of God. Consequently, inherent in us all is the potential to be creative. This is not a belief, but a truth for me, as I know it from personal experience. Creativity is a divine process, a continuation of God’s creative act and of His love of beauty. Experiencing one’s inherent potential, the life-giving momentum and aspiration to blossom for the joy of one’s fellow humans, is for me a sacred act in which divine energies are present. Creativity is also a continuing process without end, which rather finds new ways to express itself and to move towards perfection. In this sense it will eventually save the world.

Creativity is also at the centre of continental philosophy, and especially philosophical hermeneutics. It anchors thought in language and in the fact that our interpretations of being in the world and what we experience as truth are always conditioned by our culture and our historical conditions. From our hermeneutical experience we know that a cultivated person, a person with Bildung, is one who is open to new experiences precisely because he/she knows from previous experience that new experiences open up new visions and enhance knowledge.

It is in new situations in life that we humans have the undisputable advantage of a creative attitude. Creativity has survival value. It is essential in philosophical hermeneutics to adopt the attitude that the other may be right in his/her interpretations and conceptions. When we learn to tone down our own ego and give the other a chance to explain his/her standpoints and interpretations of our being in the world, new horizons open up, of which we could only dream before. It is in the midst of this process of understanding and creativity that I feel most at home.

 

 

 

 

© René Gothóni 2011