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ann grasso blogYesterday, this magnificent textile with morning dew, glistened in the sun. I was in awe at both the symmetry and the fact it was designed and built overnight. Today, it did not exist.

Why do we create?

Books, articles, academic classes, coffee house gatherings and on-line chat rooms fervently discuss this topic. I would like to ask a different question: When will we simply accept the necessity of creating as part of being human with no need to discuss it further?

Creating as a technical skill has always been appreciated whether makers of arrowheads, builders of huts through to the designing and engineering of space rockets.

Creating as a means of communication became important prior to the development of an alphabet and written language. Drawing with sticks or carving in rock was not seen as genius, but as necessity. The different religions hired skilled technicians to paint stories for the illiterates to be able to understand a specific point of view. Today we are in awe of the prowess of the technicians. Why? It is not that I want to lessen the impact of skill; rather it is that I want to remind that it came about as method of communication and those with the technical ability performed the action.

Please join me as we discuss creativity and its rather ordinary attributes as part of being human. Taking a lesson from the spiders web, created out of necessity, something of beauty, but fleeting, we know that creating is innate. Practice and thinking provide outcomes worthy of consideration.

What do you think? I welcome your input.

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  • Terri Young, CZT 16

    Ann, I think it is just our nature to create things. Maybe it is curiosity or a need to get something out of our heads. Either way I’m glad. My question is regarding spider webs. We all see them and have run into them at one time or another. If they are there one day and gone the next where do they go. Does the spider cut it down and if so what happens to it. Does it just lay on the ground. Does it disintegrate or do other insects use it.
    Thank for giving me new thoughts to explore each day.

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      Ann Grasso

      Thank YOU, Terri, for participating and offering your thoughts.

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