Creativity is replicating the elegance of a spider web in a synthetic technology.
Creativity is transposing the structural nature of burrs – flowering plants peppered with little hooks for protection during seed dispersion – in the design of Velcros. Nature, in divulging its secrets, has upreared a metanoia of character and has assumed the spectator for man as the latter takes control of the stage and enacts the melodrama of creation.
In short creativity can come in the form of imitation – stealing and copying the blueprints of natural evolution to further the human cause.
On the other hand, creativity also expresses itself in the method of invention – beginning on a white slate and starting from scratch. The science of mathematics and the mathematics of science are examples of this creative method. Being purebred products of the human mind – of detached ingenuity – man has fashioned a formidable harvest with nothing save his internal understanding and has reaped what he has sown in aiding the developmental progression of those ideas.
Now, the question I poise is, simply put, whether invention or imitation is more conducive to the generation and actualization of creativity? If the ends justify the means, should man play the role of emulator or lead way in a new direction?