Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but to make something out of it, when it is found.
Longum iter est per praecepta, breve et efficax per exempla. – Teaching by precept is a long road, but short and beneficial is the way by example.
Creativity is a combinatorial force — it thrives on cross-pollinating existing ideas, often across divergent disciplines and sensibilities, and combining them into something new, into what we proudly call our “original” creations.
He would see faces in movies, on TV, in magazines, and in books
He thought that some of these faces might be right for him
And through the years, by keeping an ideal facial structure fixed in his mind -
Or somewhere in the back of his mind -
That he might, by force of will, cause his face to approach those of his ideal.
The change would be very subtle
It might take ten years or so
Gradually his face would change its shape
A more hooked nose,
Wider, thinner lips
A larger forehead
He imagined that this was an ability he shared with most other people
They had also molded their faces according to some ideal
Maybe they imagined that their new face would better suit their personality
Or maybe they imagined that their personality would be forced to change to fit the new appearance
This is why first impressions are often correct
Although some people might have made mistakes
They may have arrived at an appearance that bears no relationship to them
They may have picked an ideal appearance based on some childish whim, or momentary impulse
Some may have gotten halfway there
And then changed their minds
He wonders if he too might have made a similar mistake