We are the only creature on this planet that thinks, plans and takes action based upon those thoughts and plans. Of course, some animals are capable of problem solving. Rats and mice can be taught to run a maze or perform simple actions. Dogs intuitively react to our voices, gestures and facial expressions. They can use this intuition to perform more complex actions. Apes can learn how to draw simple pictures, as well as to recognize words and use them to communicate simple concepts. However, mankind is the only creature that actually uses the power of thought to change the world.
The power of thought rests upon two different aspects of intelligence. On the one hand there is analytical, logical thinking. Analytical thought systematically solves problems through analysis and logic. It uses learned and proven principles to get to a result. It can be thought of as linear thinking.
Creative thought is the other aspect of human intelligence. Creative thought is not concerned with analysis and logic. It seeks a result, but is completely unconcerned with process and principles. Instead, it relies on juxtaposition, viewpoint and connection to solve a problem. It seeks to see the world from a new and different angle and to challenge the norm. It can be thought of as non-linear thinking.
The power of creative thought is enormous. It has, literally moved mountains. It has brought down governments. It has taken us to alien worlds. It has made us what we are today. Yet how has all of this occurred?
Creative thought has changed the world largely because of one specific power. You see, creative thought is the source of all ideas. It is ideas that mold and mutate the world, but they owe their existence to the ability to dream of and conceive revolutionary change. Without the dream there are no ideas and without ideas there can be no progress or positive change.
You see, creative thought has the ability to dissolve the boundaries between seemingly unrelated concepts. It takes things that seem unalike and through a magical alchemy changes them so that they are no longer disparate. Connecting unrelated concepts in new ways is the very heart of creativity. It is also the birthplace of all the ideas that have transformed our race and made us what we are today. The creative force will continue to inspire innovation in the future as we carry on the process of growing and developing.