by Rev. Robert H. Tucker
April 21, 1997
On Human Energy and Creativeness
The excitement of the geologist hovering over his seismic
map grew with each squiggly line. Part of his excitement was the
answers he could now give to potential investors risking their
hundreds of thousands and millions to drill for oil. But something
more was at work. Passion and craftsmanship. Intuition, added
to accumulated data, produces a squiggly-line map that only a
geologist could love. But love it he did.
Living with a composer, I frequently and repeatedly (and repeatedly)
hear musical phrases on the piano, each nuance attempting to find
its place in the construction that gives a piece of music that
quality of inevitability from the initial measure to the final
note. Passion and craftswomanship at work.
It is said that creativity is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.
I believe it. For the creative person, ideas just come to mind.
But giving visible shape to an idea in a way that is truly expressive
of the vision is work, sometimes excruciatingly painful mental
and physical work.
What is also painful is that after all the work is done, there
is always a sense of incompleteness over what one has produced.
The reason is clear: material from can never fully, totally represent
an original idea or vision. "Risking spirit in substantiation"
is how Robert Frost described it in his poem, Kitty Hawk.
Frequently, I pass quick judgment on the paintings in an art
museum. I am oblivious to the artist's struggles to bring her
or his vision into a particular conscious reality, just as I,
similarly, so often pass by other creations all around me. Yet,
when aware of the chef finding the right combination of taste
and beauty, the geologist hovering over and perfecting his interpretation
of those squiggly-line maps, the musician giving visible shape
to sound, and even the parent engaged in person-making, I stand
in awe of this world of human energy and creativeness.
--Robert H. Tucker
21 April 1997
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