“In our accustomed surroundings we notice only change, not what remains constant. Only change convey’s information to a person who inhabits a dwelling; the permanent fixtures of his life are redundant”
Vilem Flusser wrote that in his essay “Exile and Creativity” (1984). We only truly experience moments that force us to forge new perceptions and memories. We need to consciously focus on thinking and less on reacting. Flusser also wrote:
“Habit is like a fluffy blanket. It rounds off all corners and damps all noise. It is unaesthetic because it prevents us from perceiving information such as corners or noises. Habit is felt as pleasant because it screens out perceptions and because it anesthetizes. It is comforting. Habit makes everything nice and quiet … Discovery begins as soon as the blanket is pulled away.”
“He may discover that a human being is not a tree. And that human dignity may consist precisely in not having roots. That the human being becomes human only when he hacks off the vegetable roots that tie him down.”
Acts of creativity are one important way for people to process stressful environments. People who remain fluid to change are often creative. In the same respect, habits and dependability work to inoculate creative souls. Creative thinking requires a sensitivity to problems, fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration. It relies on a person’s capacity for divergent and convergent thinking. When confronted with enormous amounts of change, creative thinkers carry a great capacity to process and survive it. They thrive on it. On the other hand, people who are less capable of creative thinking are exposed to becoming severely ill from overwhelming challenges. A creative person is motivated by processing ideas and change for innovative acts, sometimes accepting great risk by challenging current assumptions with entirely new ways of thinking.
— Dustin Senger (@DustinSenger) March 11, 2013