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What is important: Creativity or Knowledge?

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By Bhavyaa Goel

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination spans the world.” – Albert Einstein

It is rightly said that creativity opens doors for positive changes, and always has room for new and innovative ideas, which is way beyond the pages of a book or the World Wide Web. Unlike creativity, knowledge is the information or understanding of skills and facts gained through experience or learning. However, creativity, on the contrary, is about creating these experiences of learning which can be further used to spread knowledge.

Creativity turns imagination into reality. Creativity is an essential tool that puts one’s thoughts and knowledge together by serving as a bridge between an individual’s aims and reality. Knowledge and creativity are co-related. But, knowledge without creativity is like a computer machine. Having knowledge is always good for a person. However, creatively presenting knowledge is beneficial. In simple words, “Knowledge is knowing that tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad”. Wisdom is the quality that most creative yet knowledgeable people have. The ability to make use of one’s knowledge in profound way by creatively presenting it is wisdom.

Besides, there can be another perspective of viewing the relationship between creativity and knowledge which is creating knowledge rather than spreading the latter creatively (applying creativity to produce knowledge). Spreading pre-defined knowledge is not original. Also, passing it creatively is similar to spreading the same piece of information but in one’s own way.

In a nutshell, by being wise and making creativity the essence of life, the knowledge to be spread can be created, keeping in mind the connector of knowledge and wisdom- creativity.

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