This blog is about exploring the hidden side of human nature and uncovering the potential that exists in all of us – the power to create. At the heart of creativity is the rudimentary ingredient: the courage to be. In an age where things must be properly measured, recorded to the precise amount, quantified in intellectual terms, creativity, by its very nature, eschews confinement by such terms. Our professional careers and in the scholarly pursuit of academia, the intellectual life is built upon the art of criticizing – deconstructing work – instead of understanding or appreciating the art of creative construction. We have become experts at breaking things down and tearing things apart, but are often clueless when it comes time to build back up. If our lives are a piece of art, then our expertise in deconstructing should be left at the door instead of being allowed in the room.
As human beings we are not just attempting to live in this world, but are striving to build a life for ourselves. The creative endeavor of building our masterpiece – life itself – is in the actual pursuit of discovering our true self.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
The education as a humanitarian taught me that without courage, compassion falters, and that without compassion, courage has no direction. Compassion here represents the polar nature of life. We are not just building our individual lives, rather we are apart of a greater whole called humankind, and our life’s masterpiece contributes to that whole.
I will recount stories of people who have come before us to highlight examples of how courage and creativity often go hand-in-hand. The courage to be ourselves but the creativity to continue to build ourselves anew, instead of being stuck in the past. As they say, “life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards.”
About Derek Beppu
I previously earned my Law degree from City University London in 2014 and my Masters in Philosophy from the University of Manchester in 2012. In addition to studying the nature of the mind and its practical applications in the real world, I worked in humanitarian aid in developing countries with Doctors Without Boarders and WorldVision.
Outside the scope of writing, philosophy and entrepreneurship, I enjoy traveling, running and exploring molecular gastronomy.