Why do we make things?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Why do we make things?


Why do we make things? What is it that drives us to create things? In this episode of the House of Hacks, Harley explains why he believes everyone has a spark of creativity, regardless of the form that this creativity takes.

This is the eighth episode of Vlog Every Day in August 2017 (aka #SSSVEDA2017).

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Today at the House of Hacks, I want to talk about why I believe everyone has a creative spark.


Hi Makers, Builders and Do-it-yourselfers. Harley here.

This is the first in a series of videos where I decompose the closing paragraph that I use in quite a few of my videos.

That paragraph starts with "I believe everyone has a God-given creative spark."

Now, I believe in God. I believe in the Judaeo-Christian God and I believe that He created the heavens and the earth.

As such, if we look at creation from the sub-atomic particles to the vast expanses of space with galaxies strewn throughout I see incredible beauty and incredible creativity. There's things out there that we have no comprehension of that in His creativity He has created. And He has created because He is a creative and beautiful God, He has created beauty in nature and with incredible variety.

I believe He also has created man in His image. And there's many facets to what that means, but one facet is that I believe He has taken a portion of His creativity and put it in each one of us.

Now He is an infinite God and we are finite people. There's no way we can, any one of us could have all His creativity. But I believe that each one of us does have a sliver of His creativity that He has given to us.

Now for different people this manifests in different ways. Some people build families and we call those people parents. Some people build communities and we call them teachers or pastors or rabbis or priests. Some people build companies and we call them managers or CEOs, entrepreneurs. Some people like to make things out of physical objects and we call them craftsmen or sculptors. I have a whole list of them here on my shirt.

But regardless of your vocation or calling, I believe you have the opportunity to use your creative spark. No I don't have a creative spark in all these different areas. In fact I don't really have a creative spark in any of these particular areas. But where I do express my creativity is in making physical objects or coming up with solutions to problems that involve wood, metal, electronics, things of this nature.

And that's what I limit myself to on this particular channel. I don't try to go out and be all things to all people. I just try to explain things that I'm familiar with and the things that I enjoy working and hopefully other people can find enjoyment in those too where their interests overlap with mine.

So this channel is for people that have a range of interests but all kind of related to making things out of physical materials and making physical objects out of them. Occasionally I might get into software which kind of gets more into the virtual world or photography which can kind of bridge the gap between the virtual world in creating digital images and then the physical world in printing them out and enjoying them on the screen in physical manifestations.

So that's kind of why I'm interested in making things and I believe everybody really has a creative spark but I can't address everybody's creative spark so we're just addressing a very small subset of that here at House of Hacks.

So thanks for joining me on this creative journey of ours and until next time, go make something.

Perfection's not required. Fun is!