Human Potential in Process Perspective
Can Everyone live a Creative Life?
"Matthew Taylor became Chief executive of the RSA in November 2006. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Adviser on Political Strategy to the Prime Minister. The RSA is a charity which encourages the development of a principled, prosperous society and the release of human potential."
Process philosophers believe that every human being on our planet carries within her heart and mind a capacity to live a creative life, a life of which she is an author. This is because her very self consists, not only of the influence of the past but also of her response to those influences, which arises spontaneously in the moment at hand. This response is not predetermined by the past. It is her own self-creativity in the moment at hand; her own agency. This capacity can be nourished or hindered by social and environmental conditions and also by body chemistry. We are social and biological beings. This is why, if everyone is to realize her potential for creativity, it takes a village.
"Some decisions realize more value than others and affect their future in ways more conducive to the realization of values by others. God lures in the direction of optimal value achievement. Typically the lure is in some tension with the influence of the personal past. This is because inertial forces, habits, and self-regarding motives, work against optimal creativity. Accordingly, we often fail to realize the full potential of the moment. We are aware of missing the mark to some extent. But sometimes we find that we have done better than we knew. We have overcome the drag of negative aspects of the past and genuinely ventured into new territory. If we are believers, we are likely to thank God for liberating and empowering us for this new beginning."