This post doesn't really refer to music. But, as the title proclaims, I'm a listener. And as I've been listening to the internets recently, I hear this one word repeated and echoed and trumpeted:
What is a "creative"? An artist, a writer, a songwriter, a web designer, a real-life designer of clothes or houses, a photographer, someone who comes up with websites and nets other people to go to them. Someone who has enough money and health and free time to bring the wanderings of his brain into physical form. And I hate to say it out loud, but what it feels like to me is that a creative is one of the cool kids.
And the rest of us chumps are just sitting on our hands, watching in awe.
As you can tell, it is starting to irk me. It sounds a little bit uppity. Proclaiming onesself a creative rings of "I am a have and you are most likely a have-not." (I say this as someone who is kind of on the fence between the creatives and not-creatives. My brain, like my personality, is balanced awkwardly on the line between science and art.)
Are we not all created in the image of God? He is the original creative. Wait, he's The Creator.
Are some of us made more in the image of God than others?
I thought not.
What about a business man who creates a harmonious work environment for his team? A soldier who invents new ways to do things, thinking outside the box of generations of tradition and entrenched bureaucracy? A woman who starts from scratch to make her house into a beautiful haven for family and guests? A landscaper or a builder or a doctor who designs a treatment plan to match the wondrously individual workings of each patient?
Being creative is being human. I'm not saying we're all equally creative--God certainly knows that He gifted me with less of that magic powder than other people. But it's a continuum; we are not divided into the haves and the have nots. We work in the image of our Creator, endowed with our various bits of creativity.
I'm not looking for a fight, nor am I thinking of any "creative"-user in particular. Call yourself a photographer, a writer, a sculptor, a painter, an entrepreneur, an interpretive skateboarder, a tortured-artist-writer-entrepreneur. But if you use that word, please use it with caution and respect for the rest of humanity, for they also might fall into that camp.