Critical And Creative Thinking! By Fr. Anand Muttungal


The creative thinking is intertwined with critical thinking. Encouraging creativity means a departure from society’s existing norms and values. The Latin word creatio was solely used to highlight the deeds of God. In the Renaissance Period people first recognized their own ability to create something new. While critical thinking is a free thinking within a self-guided format aimed at transforming the existing system for betterment. It is always seen that people who think critically make attempts to live rationally and reasonably, to help understand the inherently flawed nature of human thinking. It is believed that critical thinking leads to creative thinking.
They try to analyze, assess, and improve their thinking very often that help improve methods at all instances. They work ‘diligently to develop the intellectual virtues of intellectual integrity, intellectual humility, intellectual civility, intellectual empathy, intellectual sense of justice and confidence in reason.’ ‘What makes critical thinkers is that their realization that no matter how skilled they are as thinkers, they can always improve their reasoning abilities and they will at times fall prey to mistakes in reasoning, human irrationality, prejudices, biases, distortions, uncritically accepted social rules and taboos, self-interest, and vested interest.’ They strive to improve the world in whatever ways they can and contribute to a more rational, civilized society. They deal with complex issues in a simple way.
Creative thinking is a mental and social process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts. It is the ability to make or otherwise bring into existence something new that has a value. Creative thinking is a thought processes or method used to generate divergent thinking for the same of making new idea for the better impact of the action. In creativity a person uses an imagination into best thoughts for practical solutions. The basic identity of a creative thinker is the high degree of self-confidence, unconventional thought patterns and curiosity to deal with a problem from an uncommon ankle. He/she questions old ways but finds new and better ones, which may not be always fitting to the present world we live in. A deep study will make us feel that one cannot be complete without the other.
We become used to a particular way of imagining, thinking, working and above all a strong believe system. Therefore critical thinking and creative thinking are not welcomed very often. The history of the world proves that the creative and critical thinking is mostly hampered in religious circle. There are a good number of them who interpret even most simple and straight forward thoughts in a most complex fashion. A deep analysis of such objections proves that those interpretations are aimed at protecting their vested interests. They smell threats because they feel that such progressive thoughts could challenge their unquestioned benefits that they enjoy from the defects of the system. Under the pretext of saving the system they gather like minded goons to support their hidden agenda. So any effort to improve the system is seen as collectively resisted. If we are looking for any transformation of society then we must work towards it. We must work towards creating awareness among the people about an alternative system. Creative and critical thinking is incomplete without an alternative system and a rationale for the need of it. It is the right time that very one hoping for a transformation joins the world of dreamers.

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