The formal definition of Creativity is as follows: Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterized by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. According to Wikipedia “Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke) or a physical object (such as an invention, a literary work or a painting).” I don’t know whether the above definition of creativity holds true, but I think I can explain how creativity is engender and how its being dismantled.
We can relate how creativity is processed by closely looking into the development of an infant to a child. At first, an infant is only able to cry and sleep. Gradually, he will be able to smile, laugh, hold to an object and perform other feats. He learned to smile, laugh and hold objects only by mimic the ones he sees around. After few months, he will be able to craw and utter few words. This activity is also inspired by the guardians around him. During his 2-4 years, he will try to apply each piece of information gather to different set of situations. Lets take an example : Suppose the child is taught to recognize an elephant through discovery channel. Now, if we bring a toy that looks similar to the elephant that he saw on TV, he would instantly recognize it. Also, he would anticipate the toy to behave similar to the elephant on TV. For this very example, we can observer that children doesn’t judge their idea or place them in any boundary. They don’t evaluate what they are seeing as real or virtual. Children mix up different kind of information gather from different sources and doesn’t evaluate its values (real, virtual, valuable, invaluable, right, wrong, beneficial, harmful). This is what creativity is “Pure form of information entanglement gather from different sources and applied to different situations.”
As we saw how creativity takes root during our childhood , now lets see how it being dismantled. When the child reaches 4 years, we, school, guardians and society restricts the child to think freely. He is placed with moral, social and religious values. Then, all of his thoughts need to pass from the myriad stratum of enigma of values and the resulting thought won’t the pristine. The particular idea or creative idea has been polluted by those so called values and moral. Then during adulthood, coming up with an creative idea is almost impossible as we have been taught to follow and respect all other above oneself.
Humans are born without out sense, values and creativity. During childhood, they are some bit of creativity being but along with gaining sense and values , the creativity is diminished. Thus, to be creative think as if there is no rule, no boundaries, no values, no moral, nor right or wrong then only one can be creative.