Fran Lebowitz in ‘Master Class: Fran Lebowitz with A.M.Homes’ @ the New School’s Tishman Auditorium (via penlive)
“A melon is a marvelous and astonishing thing—surely the world without melons would be a poorer place—and every melon deserves that kind of affectionate attention, as does every other piece of fruit, and head of cabbage, and handful of beans. Our culture is so impoverished in wonderment that one seeking a thrill thinks of skiing down a vertical slope, or jumping out of an airplane, but if he only had the wits and the spirit, he could experience a deeper thrill by lying in a meadow and watching a beetle climb a stalk of grass, or by admiring a melon.”—Mike Madison, Blithe Tomato
There’s been a lot written about the evolution of creativity. One hypothesis is that creativity comes from our need to make things special. And this relates to worship because worship allows us to identify things in order to make them special.
We know very little about the symbolic life of animals, but one of the most fascinating aspects of human beings is our great capabilities to create and interpret symbolism, as well as our ability to make abstractions concrete. In many ways, this is the genesis of creativity.
The notion of making things special and the identification of something as special or unique — and the relationship to that thing as special and unique — are the heart of worship and the heart of creativity itself.