The Chaos of Inspiration

Back in February I wrote an article entitled “the chaos of inspiration”

What I didn’t know at the time is that the NYTimes had already beaten me to it….sort of

You may have to register to read that, but it is free to do so.

My article spoke about the nature of chaos in art, and how this intrinsic force of “destruction” could actually help to destroy preconceived notions and help to create new art.

The Times article took a less philosophical approach. But they did back up my claims.

According to them messiness is not necessarily a losing strategy. They claim that many people, who are messy, are also highly creative, and they draw a correlation between the two.

This is not to say that people who live in a mess become more artistic. It simply means that those who do have greater creativity tend to have less structured lives.

The times article didn’t give very many facts to support these claims but they did interview several people including a rabbi who says that within his daughters mess, he saw an invitation to get to know her better.

By the end of the article the author Penelope Green begins to laud the one undeniable benefit of being messy. You have more time when you don’t spend it organizing

However spending time around the decorating forums it is easy to find plenty of people disagreeing with this. The organizing moderator for Bella online stated that organization is intended to save time, not waste it. As such the article was basically wrong and misleading.

Even as a proponent of mess for creativity, I have to agree with her that some organization is necessary. If you are bogged down by garbage, you won�t get everything done. However the real key to finding happiness is to find a balance that works for you.

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