Creativity is child’s play

Imagine you are in a supermarket checkout queue. Nearby, you see an energetic boy, pointing to some sweets and tugging at his mother’s arm. With wide eyes, he asks her about buying some sweets, but the answer is “No”. Not happy with a simple no, he asks “Why?”. She gives her reply, but this too is not enough, so he asks “Why?” again. Sooner or later, one of three things will happen: the mother will buy the sweets; she will explain why he cannot have the sweets; or the mother will become frustrated and say, “You cannot have them, because I say so, that’s why.”

Finding out about why things are the way they are, and how they work, is a very natural human trait and the building block of creativity. This inquisitive ...

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