Curiosity is Necessary for Creativity
“Desire to know is natural to good man” – Leonardo Da Vinci
Curiosity is Necessary for Creativity. Every child is naturally curious. Even before birth, the child started listening to sounds. The journey of exploration begins in the womb only. A child is curious to know about colors, shapes, smells, and tastes. As soon as children can speak they ask many questions. “How does this work?” “Why was I born?”
Experimentation also begins with sound, touch. The thirst for knowledge, to know the world is natural.
Great minds go on asking confounding questions with the same intensity throughout their lives.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand better” – Albert Einstein
For enhancing creativity, it is necessary to increase curiosity. Ignorance is the enemy of knowledge.
In my last post, I was discussing the laws of thought. The first stage is the preparation. For generating ideas for creativity, your database must be enriched with information and knowledge. For enriching the database, you have to take an interest in your surroundings. Be curious about your surrounding. You were very curious when you were a child. Try to bring that curiosity again.
How to observe:
Try to use your all senses while observing your surroundings.
Suppose you are observing a tree.
Look at a tree from a long distance. Then go near to the tree and observe. Observe its trunk. Feel the texture of the trunk with fingers. Observe the branches. The growth-patterns of the branches are different in different trees. Observe how the leaves are connected to the branch. Also, observe one single leaf, its color, its texture, the design of the veins. See flowers and fruits. Their shapes, colors, textures, and smells. Observe various insects, birds that are living on the tree.
Imagine you are a bird and flying over a tree. What will be the bird’s eye view of the tree? Now, imagine you are an ant. What will be the view of the tree for that ant? Try to visualize the hugeness of the tree from the perspective of an ant.
Listen to the rustling sound of leaves when the wind is blowing through the tree. Observe the movements of the branches and leaves with the wind.
This is an example of an observation of a tree. You can do the same exercise for various objects.
Keep one journal or notebook to note your observations. Make sketches of your observations. Initially, the sketches may not be good. But these sketches are for registering your observations. Along with these observations and sketches also note your insights. Don’t use a camera. Try to sense with your senses only.
Leonardo’s intense desire to understand the essence of things led him to develop an investigative style. He sketched about a hundred thousand sketches and about 8000 pages with his notes are available.
- ‘How to think like a Leonardo Da Vinci’, Michael J. Gelb
- ‘What is creativity’, Shelli Walsh
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