The Life of the Creative Spirit

by H. Charles Romesburg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/15/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 378
ISBN : 9781401002589
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 378
ISBN : 9781401002572

About the Book

Drawing upon the ideas of more than three hundred notable creators, including painters, scientists, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, writers, poets, naturalists, actors, and rock climbers, The Life of the Creative Spirit explains how to work at most any vocation or avocation as an artist would.

For employers, it gives insights for keeping creative workers happy. For educators and parents, it gives ideas for schooling the young and turning them on to a life of creative work. For the young, it offers better understanding of themselves and their career possibilities. For older creators, it gives strategies for keeping their creative faculties and interest going strong.

And for readers in general, it gives an increased appreciation of creativity and its role in society, of the oneness of the aesthetic and the moral, and of how creative work puts spirituality into creators’ lives, leading them to what the writer Jack London called ultimate happiness.

The book presents new and valuable reasons for humanely treating animals and for preserving nature. It explains that compassion to animals is an integral part of a creative society, and that the more animals are revered and treated kindly, the more creative society will be.

It explains that nature is likewise an integral part of a creative society, and that the current destruction of wilderness and species suppresses creativity in society, thereby suppressing the production of great goodness we give to each other through our art and work.

Quotations of notable creators comprise half of the book. The author has collected them in the course of scholarly research of studying published diaries, journals, letters, and other autobiographical material, with the intent of making the collection form a gestalt on the topic of creativity.

Table of Contents

  Chapter One: Introduction To Important Matters

PART ONE: The Nature Of Creative Work

  Chapter Two: What A Project Is

  Chapter Three: How Projects Are Recursive

  Chapter Four: How Projects Use Modeling

  Chapter Five: How Creators Collaborate

  Chapter Six: What Goodness And Quality Are

  Chapter Seven: Where Quality Comes From

  Chapter Eight: How Inner And Outer Excellence Run Each Other

  Chapter Nine: How The Creative Spirit And Quality Humanize Us

  Chapter Ten: What Motivates Creators

  Chapter Eleven: How To Be A Universal Artist

PART TWO: Examples Of Creators At Work

  Chapter Twelve: The Work Of The Artist

  Chapter Thirteen: The Work Of The Scientist

  Chapter Fourteen: The Work Of The Mathematician

  Chapter Fifteen: The Work Of The Mechanic

  Chapter Sixteen: The Work Of The Entrepreneur

  Chapter Seventeen: The Work Of The Rock Climber

  Chapter Eighteen: The Work Of The Collector

PART THREE: The Responsibilities Of Creators

  Chapter Nineteen: Guarding Against A Life Given To Sensual Pleasures

  Chapter Twenty: Raising Children

  Chapter Twenty-one: Raising Oneself

  Chapter Twenty-two: Revering Every Form Of Life

  Chapter Twenty-three: Knowing And Preserving Nature

PART FOUR: Credos Of Creative Workers

September 2002 review in National Review Network (New Age Retailer magazine). Reviewer: Thomas Peter von Bahr, Pacific NorthWest Group, Lopez Island, Wash.

This plain-covered, inconspicuous book is more than 350 pages long. The first 165 pages are Dr. H. Charles Romesburg’s own, and the rest of the book is a collection of wonderful excerpts from the writings of many artists and “creators,” ranging from Georgia O’Keeffe to Bertrand Russell to Rainer Maria Rilke to Maria Callas. So readers are treated not only to the rich fabric of thought of humanist and professor of forestry Romesburg as he examines what cultivates a creative life but also to inspiring musings about creativity by noted artists, writers, and thinkers.

About the Author

Charles Romesburg has interests in business and ecology. He holds a Ph. D. in management science, and has worked in industry. Currently he is a professor of forestry, and has received his college’s award for excellence in teaching, and The Wildlife Society’s publication award for excellence in research. With this book he expands the geographic reach of a college seminar he teaches on creative work. Among the topics covered are these: What the creative spirit is, and what its purpose is. How a life of creative work leads to what the writer Jack London called ultimate happiness. How workers in most every vocation and avocation can work as artists do, creating use, beauty, or both, of rare note. How regularly experiencing wild nature makes us better creators. How it is that the more all forms of life come to be revered, the more creative society will be.