The problem with discussions like this is that they are rooted in the illusion that there are acts which “are creative”, and acts which somehow “are not creative”. Even so called destructive acts create something, even if it is only disorder and empty space (which is, to the creative, only opportunity for construction). To be is to act. To act is to create. That’s who we are.
Isn’t it foolish to attempt to identify what we do as creative, and what others are doing as “not creative”, or, for that matter, separate our own or other’s actions into productive and non-productive.
Just be. Just do. Reflect as necessary. To live is to create.
verb [ trans. ]
bring (something) into existence
verb [ trans. ]
put an end to the existence of (something) by damaging or attacking it
Arguing that destroying is creating because you’ve ‘created’ nothingness and disorder is, in my not very humble at all opinion, utterly stupid. Being destructive is NOT being creative.
Destroying is not creating. The distinction between creation and destruction is not some relative thing that depends on your viewpoint. You may feel that a word means exactly what you choose it to mean, neither more nor less. I have spent some fair amount of time looking down that road, and although you might feel you have license to use the words ‘fire engine’ to mean what most people think of when they read the words ‘orange marmalade’, I’m here to tell you that such behaviors are pointless sophistry and stupid to boot. There is no utility to be found in engaging in petty word games. None.
The word ‘destruction’ has a meaning which has no intersection with the meaning of the word ‘creation’. There are acts which are creative, and there are acts which are destructive, and they are not the same acts. No, they are not, not if you are using the words with the ordinary meanings that ordinary people apply to them.
If you are suffering from the delusion that creating and destroying are the same thing, feel free to go right on suffering from that delusion. In the meantime, however, the grownups are trying to have a discussion where words are used in accord with their conventional meanings, where something is considered to be different from nothing, and where we try to understand things rather than throwing up our hands and saying “Suppose everything was the same as everything else, then there would be no distinctions and no problems and the world would finally be a wonderful place, free from starvation and bad feelings.”