JASON SILVA: There are people who
talk about the creative process with such humility.
There's a sense that something larger than yourself
has worked its way through you.
To paraphrase Kahlil Gibran's notion about children,
the creative process-- creativity
comes through you but not from you.
Though it is with you, it belongs not to you, right?
This notion that we are the frontal lobes of the universe.
And so when we craft beauty, when
we vocalize, when we utter inspiration,
what are we actually doing?
Are we creating something that isn't there?
Or are we merely transcribing, right?
The notion of inspiration means we're breathing in and exhaling
what we've taken in.
So we're merely transcribing the observation of what is.
We are all cosmonauts, psychonauts.
And the creative process is merely
what we brought back as reporters of the numinous.
When we go to Plato's realm of ideals, we are as navigators.
We are as Dorothy going into Oz, seeing the world
through a different lens, seeing reality
through a different operating system, a different set
of filters, and thus being able to read differently,
to see something that others can't and then bring that
back and then share that back.
And I think that that's what's happening during creativity.
And I think that that's why we should be humble about it.
Respect the gods.
There's poetry in every moment.