Full creativity allows the production of greater wealth, for a stronger and more evolved society.
Further in defense of the moral systems or perceived lack thereof in terms of newly created wealth, D'Souza asserts that most wealth currently created is the result of personal effort, rather than means such as inheritance. The wealth can then indeed be seen as the reward for effort, rather than wealth as a result of luck in its pure sense. Morality's role should then not be concerned so much with justifying the accumulated wealth, but rather with using it wisely for the benefit of humanity, creativity, freedom and evolution.
Another characteristic of freedom, as seen above, is the recognition of new and revolutionary ideas, and implementing those when they are superior to the old. In terms of economy this is as true as in terms of morals. Those in power for example refuse to accept the findings of the newest research relating to economic matters. The problem is that the reality that the government would have to face in terms of job creation is much more dire than is supposed by outdated research. The need to create 3 million jobs has suddenly become the necessity to create 15 million, because of the limited lifespan of current companies. Typically, it appears that those with the greatest capability to change the situation hide from the reality of it.
Nevertheless, politicians who hide from economic realities cannot compete with the undeniable strength of entrepreneurs providing economic evolution and job creation. In keeping with the above issues regarding morality, new ideas are created and promoted until they become embedded by the majority of consciousness. By being economically viable, these ideas are then also beneficial not only for economic evolution but also for human evolution as a whole.
Another large problem associated with an essential lack of freedom within economics and other areas is the fact that current phenomena are viewed through outmoded models and means, thus both predicting and interpreting situations incorrectly. This affects not only economics and business as such, but also the society from which these emanate. It affects all areas of life, including legislation, environmental issues and other problems that are vitally necessary to solve. These problems are not solved efficiently, because there is a lack of efficient paradigms to view them from. The reason for this is a lack of creative individuals who are given the freedom to exercise their creativity for the effective evolution of humankind. Instead, complacency and a mentality of hiding from unpleasant truth are stifling both creativity and the freedom needed for this to be optimized.
The Nature of Creativity
I am in agreement with Hayek, that freedom is needed within society to ensure optimized creativity. Freedom has been discussed at length above. The phenomenon of creativity can also benefit from some consideration.
It has been seen above that creativity is profoundly influenced by social matters such as politics, culture, economics and even issues such as morality. Most deeply, creativity is connected with the issue of freedom. When society is optimally free, creativity flourishes. The reason for this is that creativity is the driving force behind the new ideas required by evolution. Creativity might then also be equated, as it has been by some, with evolution. It is a dynamic force that drives society to become better and more than it had been previously.
Creativity occurs in all areas of life. Above several of these areas have been considered. The software industry saw evolutions that drove the information revolution. The result is that millions are now connected with millions of others around the world for the purposes of communication and business. The result is the already discussed economic boom that seems to have benefited not only those directly involved, but also society as a whole. It has become a wealth creating industry, doing more to alleviate poverty and suffering than many other institutions, including even charity organizations and churches.
Creativity can also occur of course in the area of economics. Here, revolutionary ideas, closely connected to industries where the most wealth is created, may serve to bring about a society where the margins between rich and poor grow thinner rather than wider. In this area freedom or the lack thereof may be seen to play the biggest role. Economic creativity is closely interlinked with a political sense of freedom. The problem is that politicians tend to make promises relating to economics without consulting the most creative of economists. Instead, assumptions are based upon models that are far outdated, and thus there is no willingness to accept new input that might contribute concretely to the evolution of society. Here the phenomenon of new ideas sparked by a minority of people becomes problematic. Those in political power thus detract from the freedom of creative economists, thus slowing down the very evolution that might ensure survival.
In terms of morality, religious institutions such as churches and charities often detract from the freedom of creative individuals. Moral outrage, as seen above, has sparked a debate that consumes valuable creative energy. Petty moral issues are based upon paradigms of a distant past and tradition, without considering how moral evolution might contribute to the betterment of society. This lack of freedom, like political oppression, furthermore detracts from optimal creative opportunities.
If all these phenomena could work together to find solutions for the problems in society, perhaps social evolution would have been easier, and the world would experience fewer problems. It appears however that the human heart is innately unwilling to be free. Freedom means optimal creativity, but also risk and the need to expend energy. This is something that the majority of human beings are unwilling to do. Many of these unwilling persons are unfortunately in positions of considerable power, such as in management or political areas. These people are thus unwilling to disturb the status quo that keeps them in their positions of power, and thus seek to oppress those who pursue new and creative ideas. Ultimately, while this might be a personal victory for the oppressors involved, it is a loss for social evolution, betterment and creativity. These are issues that politicians verbally promote, but seldom follow up with action. This is furthermore a manifestation of politicians and other leaders being unwilling to let creativity take its course and evolve accordingly.
Perhaps the aspect of creativity and its potential power for the evolution of society is creativity within art itself. Hayek mentions perceptions of the beautiful and the good, the two aspects that have since ancient times been associated with art. The phenomena of economics and politics have begun to take such a prominent position in society, that the creative and evolutionary power of art have taken a somewhat background position. Yet art is the most powerful commentating force on the society in which we live.
Once again, the degree of freedom enjoyed within society will influence the art emanating from it. Oppressive societies for example would not allow a certain kind of novel or film for its revolutionary or even merely evolutionary content. On the other hand, societies that are very open and free would once again allow for a greater degree of creativity as well.
It is tragic perhaps that most human beings appear so reluctant to change according to what proves to be the best paradigm. This is what evolution ultimately is: creating solutions that are ultimately beneficial for society as a whole. Revolutionary artists, economists, and business people should thus be given the opportunity to display their full creativity as circumstances allow.
This creativity should be supplemented with support from governments and top management officials in order to achieve the mental, creative and economic evolution that I believe is the next human step forward. These creative people should be given the full freedom within society that they deserve. They also deserve the recognition that their ideas are not dangers, but rather on the contrary beneficial for society and for the world. Only if working in unison can creativity and freedom compliment each…