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If so it seems that the creative play theory

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Unformatted text preview: is to find ways to transform what otherwise might simply be cases of work in one’s life into cases of creative play. Provided we can teach ourselves to see an intrinsic worth in our activities (even everyday ones), in other words, we will be transforming our lives into ones with great meaning. Schlick acknowledges that there may be some activities we can't ever come to see an intrinsic worth in- - some activities that are inherently nothing more than work; but he suggests that we might be surprised at how many we can find an intrinsic worth in: Not all the activity of the artist or thinker falls, of course, under the concept of creative play. The purely technical, the mere management of the material, as with the painter’s colour- mixing, or the composer’s setting- down of notes—all this remains, for the most part, toil and work; they are the husks and dross that often still attach to play in real life. Often, but not always; for in the process of execution the working acts involved can either become so mechanized that they hardly enter consciousness, or else develop so much charm and attractiveness that they turn into artistic play themselves. And that is also true in the end of those actions which engender neither science nor art, but the day’s necessities, and which are seemingly altogether devoid of spirit. The tilling of the fields, the weaving of fabrics, the cobbling of shoes, can all become play, and may take on the character of artistic acts. Nor is it ev...
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