The Manly Power of Creativity

Note: This is the 2nd post in the Manly Power Series.

Einstein said: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”

I was talking to a friend who described their need to be social as “like a cow that needs to be milked”, and that’s exactly how I feel about making things-a burning desire that must be fulfilled.  It’s one of the reasons I started this blog-writing fiction is stressful and unfruitful. Making comics takes me far too long (I don’t like my drawing). Woodworking is too noisy and has too high start-up costs. Playing music with other musicians is one of my favorite things in the world, but it’s very tough to meet people with similar musical tastes and goals, schedule time/space for practice, write songs…it’s too much for me right now.  I want to take a nap just thinking about it.  Blogging I can do, and do regularly. That a blog is immaterial is…immaterial.

Creativity, like gentleness, is not often thought of a manly character quality. Creating something is very manly. Devoting your hands and mind to crafting something, by the very effort involved, imbues things with value. Creativity, even creation, is often associated with women, and destruction with men.  Women have the ability to create life, and it is miraculous and wonderful.  And yes, men are capable of great destruction.  I’m not some backward misogynist saying “Men are threatened” and pretending that I don’t benefit everyday from societal privilege…it seems I’ve meandered away from my point.

 The movement back to artisanal products is evidence of this. Etsy blowing up is evidence of this. Hipsters becoming butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers is evidence of this. Things made by people who believe in their work and love what they do, constantly developing their skills, with a high degree of craftsmanship are more authentic and genuine. I love the small-displacement, handmade motorcycles Janus is putting out.  Their design, beauty, sophistication, and ruggedness is MINDBLOWING.

The Janus Halcyon 50 Deluxe. They should give me one to write a review on. #aFellaCanHope

When I’m working on a project, and I’m in the zone, and I’m flowing, I am creating. And when I’m doing so, I hope the work of my hands brings credit to my Creator.I enjoy work, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

In addition to blogging, some of my creative endeavors include writing, furniture repair, block printing, cooking, and playing music. I’m trying hard to be intentional with this blog, and post regularly to develop skill through persistence.

Are you creative? How do you satisfy this? How do you feel, as a creative person, when you don’t create?  Leave me a comment or three.

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2 thoughts on “The Manly Power of Creativity

  1. Love this blog post, David! It's sad how a lot of men have been told that being creative is “un”manly. Writers, musicians, butchers, bakers, and candlestick makers are all necessary to our existence. God gave each of us unique abilities, talents, and gifts, and it is vital that we use those for His glory. Everyone is creative, no matter man or woman, adult or child.

    Me? I'm a writer and a decorator. I satisfy writing by reading and blogging about what I've read, and I write my own fiction (and yes, it's super stressful!). I satisfy decorating by moving (lol–kidding!) taking a little money each month and doing or buying something I love. I make things to decorate our home. I talk to friends and help them decorate their homes. God has blessed us with homes to live in and He loves us to take joy in beauty, so to make a home beautiful is a wonderful gift. When I don't create? I suffer. Anxiety, boredom, sadness. When I do create? I experience an extra closeness to my Saviour, joy, and peace.

    Thanks for such a great post. 🙂

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  2. Thanks, Mikal!

    I'm not a decorator. I understand making things beautiful, and your home being an extension of yourself, but it just doesn't click for me- I understand it purely on a logical level.

    Lindsay is a black belt decorator. I will often come home to a completely rearranged house, and while I'm usually on the leading edge of change, seeing my living quarters surprise remixed makes me feel discomforted, too big for my body, and cold, like a Kafka story.

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