Thank You very much for our nights, after my tender lullaby our sweet daughter falls asleep and I have this wonderful possibility to read, write and share my thoughts with you. Tonight I am reading “The Courage to Create” by Rollo May. The book is brilliant. I have a real pleasure to share with you the thoughts I like from this book.
“This courage will not be the opposite of despair… Hence Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and Camus and Sartre have proclaimed that courage is not the absence of despair; it is, rather, the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.” I like this definition of courage as the capacity to move ahead in spite of despair.
“But if you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. Also you will have betrayed our community in failing to makeyour contribution to the whole.” We all are the Masterpieces created by the Highest Inspiration. We have to have courage to create, we have no other choice to realize ourselves.
“A chief characteristic of this courage is that it requires a centeredness within our own being, without which we would feel ourselves to be a vacuum. The “emptiness” within corresponds to an apathy without; and apathy adds up, in the long run, to cowardice. That is why we must always base our commitment in the center of our own being, or else no commitment will be ultimately authentic,” Rollo May writes about commitment. So again we have to be courageous to manifest our uniqueness by our creative works. Our life by itself is a creative work, we need just to confirm this fact by the commitment to be creative.
“Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values. Without courage our love pales into mere dependency. Without courage our fidelity becomes conformism.” What’s the wise words!
Courage to be is essential.”The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word coeur, meaning “heart.” Thus just as one’s heart, by pumping blood toone’s arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues.Without courage other valúes wither away into mere facsimiles of virtue,” Rolly May said.
“In human beings courage is necessary to make being and becoming possible. An assertion of the self, a commitment, is essential if the self is to have any reality. This is the distinction between human beings and the rest of nature. The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical increatures like tbem. But a man of women becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day today. These decisions require courage. This is why Paul Tillich speaks of courage as ontological—it is essential to our being.”
“Intimacy requires courage because risk is inescapable. We can not know at the outset how the relationship will affect us. Like a chemical mixture, if one of us is changed, both of us will be. Will we grow in self-actualization, or will it destroy us? The one thing we can be certain of is that if we let ourselves fully into the relationship for good or evil, we will not come out unaffected.”
“The battle with the gods thus hinges on our own mortality! Creativity is a yearning for immortality. We human beings know that we must die. We have, strangely enough, a word for death. We know thateach of us must develop the courage to confront death. Yet we also must rebel and struggle against it. Creativity comes from this struggle—out of the rebellion the creative act is born. Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one’s death.”
“Whatever sphere we may be in, there is a profound joy in the realization that we are helping to form the structure of the new world. This is creative courage, however minor or fortuitous our creations maybe. We can then say, with Joyce, Welcome, O life! We go for the millionth time to forge in the smithy of our souls the uncreated conscience of the race.”
“Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one’s identity as a being of worth and dignity.”
You know despite mostly of this post is “copy-and-past” I am writing it with Flower Duet from Lakmé by Léo Delibes and this process is making my post is the creative work. I have chosen the quotes sounding in unison with my mind’s vibrations, and by reading its we together have created an unique creative art now for this very second.
As Rollo May writes: “…in our appreciation of the created work — let us say a Mozart quintet — we also are performing a creative art. When we engage a painting, which we have to do especially with modern art if we are authentically to see it, we are experiencing some new moment of sensibility. Some new vision is triggered in us by our contact with the painting; something unique is born in us. This is why appreciation of the music or painting or other works of the creative person is also a creative act on our part.”
I am more than happy now in my hope that you are enjoying Flower Duet with reading my post and something unique is born in both of us.
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