The title of this section is misleading; philosophy in of itself is creative. No matter whether its pure rationality or logic, this love for wisdom that characterizes philosophical study is defined by pushing the boundaries of what was thought to be possible. When engaging in philosophy, which happens in many aspects of your life, you are concocting original ideas and synthesizing others together to come to your own conclusions. The information below will serve as a stimulus to get you thinking about your values and ideals in life so that you can formulate your own creative philosophy. This is a personal philosophy that provides a frame of reference for making important decisions. Yet, this isn’t static; it’s malleable and always in motion, constantly shaped by your environment and culture.

  1. What are some of your most important, overarching goals in life? What is the meaning and purpose of your life?
  2. What environment (living, working, social, etc.) is most conducive to me achieving those goals? What can I control in my life?
  3. What do I need to do on an everyday basis to live a life that’s true to my values and goals?
  4. What could I do differently to ensure that I stay on track? How am I holding myself back?
  5. What kind of books do you tend to read? What subject?

Examples

A devout Christian might fundamentally believe that human existence aligns with the tenets of Christianity, and they strive to follow those goals. They might yearn for a like-minded community, such as a local church. In order to determine action, they might remember relatable Bible verses.

A nihilist might believe there is no real meaning to existence, thus leading you to put your efforts to gaining money to provide some level comfort. They might live in a busy city center to live a fast and exciting life, embracing risk and living in the moment to the fullest.

Remember! These are simple examples and guidelines. Your answers and philosophy can be much more complex and multi-faceted! You don’t have to fit into a certain, neat label.

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“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” (Sylvia Plath, American poet)

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” (Mary Lou Cook)