I’m a lucky guy because I have a good pair of eyes and can read about two books a month. Out of the twenty-plus books I’ve read recently, Ken Wytsma’s Create vs. Copy stands above and beyond the rest. It’s a brilliant, inspiring manifesto on how maximizing the power of creativity can literally change the world and your own life. I’m particularly excited about this book because it’s shown me the path for how I hope to invest my remaining time on earth. Important stuff indeed.
Everyone needs to seek out books (and people) that are able to provide guidance on the big questions in life. I read somewhere that a very effective practice is to ask “why” at least three different times when making an important decision. For example, if my son someday tells me, “Papa, I’d like to get a job that makes a lot of money.” I would ask him, “Why do you want a lot of money?” If he explains this is because he’d like a fast car, I’d ask a second “why do you want a fast car?” and perhaps he’d answer that it would make him happy, and then I’d proceed with asking the third why about happiness. I say all this to explain that Wytsma’s Create vs. Copy asks and answers the “why” on living a creative life that goes multiple levels deep.
Many books explain the practical power that is unleashed by thinking in a creative way. Create vs. Copy does this very effectively as well. However, my favorite part about this book is that it pursues the basis for creativity by asking the “ultimate” why. It then looks for answers in the nature of the universe itself – in the nature of the Creator of all things. Because we are made in the image of God, who is a creator, we too can and should be creators. We’ve been given the freedom to create and if we fail to do so, we are missing out on much of the joy that should accompany life.
Wytsma quotes Madeleine L’Engle in the first chapter, who sums up the importance of this book: “But unless we are creators we are not fully alive.” Let’s live life to the full and be a part of building something beautiful with the time we’ve been given.