Learning how to craft new materials enables the mind to conceive of novel manipulations, therefore expanding the realm of thinkable thoughts within one’s mind. For example, a sculptor may look at a pile of scrap metal and see a creation, whereas a layperson will see trash.
There may or may not be a difference between an artist and a creator. I’ll explore this line of thought here, as a fun tangent. An artist, let us say, a sculptor, as the example earlier utilizes, may view the pile of rubble as a potential. However, he may not view a pile of sticks as a potential art piece, or a tree as a sculpting aparatus, as a land artist would (a medium that has inspired me lately, and one I have explored in the past). However, a creator, always seeking to enrich and enliven one’s environment sees potential whenever in the write mood. If in the creative spirit, the creator can make art out of whatever is close by. Paint is a convenient method of expression and is often close to the creator, that is, if he is well versed in listening to the ever-so-subtle whisper of creative force coming from within.
Let us now dispatch with the distinction between artist and creator, as we have now discovered a more useful distinction: the mood of creation verse the mood of utility and normalcy. This psychological difference can be contrasted against the earlier mentioned behavioral distinction and social tag of artist, non-artist, etc. Cognitively speaking, each man is endowed with near equivalent brain functions, however, it may be the skill with which one endorses, builds upon, magnifies, that subtle intuition and desire to craft reality. Once developed and refined, the creative mood becomes a behavioral and personality trait which can acquire a label known as ‘artist’, but there is this cognitive dimension that spurred the human to act in a particular way over time in order to achieve such status.
What is the point of such a discussion and such a distinction? I believe that developing this creative force is essential for the character of a human. It teaches one about the human condition and the plastic nature of the universe. It can inform one that each individual has the power to influence society in an enormous and positive manner, given the right tools (and intelligence to seek them) and motivation.
It is thus socially responsible to learn the art of creation. Following from this, it is a ethical responsibility to investigate the nature of this mental state and develop the right tools to manage and nourish the creative state of mind, so that humans may reach creative equilibrium with nature and with each other, rather than utilizing some of the more toxic methods of creation.