It was the World Book Day, an event was organised in the office to make bookmarks and the best of them were to be awarded. It had to be an original creation with all its uniqueness and then was to be judged by a panel of colleagues, is it an easy job? Judging a creation!! Is it the right thing we actually do? A creation is a creation with all its uniqueness and novelty, how can we judge a creation? For judging any item or quality we need to have a reference, which has to be acceptable standard and then we compare, the items to be judged with that standard to arrive at a result of best and worst. But a creation with its uniqueness cannot have a standard with which it should be compared because it is the only one thing in the universe, there cannot be any other similar thing.
We are all a creation of that Supreme Creator but do we ever judge his capability by looking at ourselves. Do we praise God for creating one human and abhor him for creating another one. Can we actually decide on his capabilities on the basis of the beings he had created? No, absolutely not, every human being is unique in its own way, not only by physical appearance but also on the mental and psychological level. When we watch the beauty competitions being judged on the basis of physical appearance and the mental ability of contestants we actually try to judge several unique personalities on the basis of judges’ own unique personalities which erroneously becomes the standard against which these contestants are judged. When an art piece is created by a being it is the reflection of his own mental state and since every human being has a unique mental state, his creation does have that uniqueness. An individual appreciating or analysing that art work measures the aptness of that piece against his own unique mental state which may or may not approve of the art in his own way. This uniqueness of mental state gives rise to unique paradigms and it is this congruency of paradigm with the particular art work that gives acceptance to it and the incongruity results into rejection.
When an individual creates a work, he experiences a series of thoughts which originate from somewhere within his mind, sometimes based on his past experiences and sometimes on the basis of his vague imagination. These thoughts initially remain incoherent and as the person aligns them in some sequential order these very thoughts become a presentable idea. The creation takes place in soft. The very idea when carved into a tangible form gives shape to different art works, be it a bookmark, a statue, a musical rendition, poem, story, physical attributes or any other form of creation. The art form is just one form of creation which is specifically referred to when one talks about a creation, but it is not so, the creation of anything by anyone is in itself worth a praise for its inherent uniqueness. When an animal gives birth it’s a creation and thereafter when that animal uses different methods to feed and take care of his little ones that is also one of a great creation, since it also involves a daily dose of novel ideas to arrange for food and making the little ones eat and sleep.
Appreciation of a creation is one thing where we become biased towards some creations and develop liking or disliking of the same. The things which we don’t like are not bad but they do not conform to our standards of liking. We are usually preoccupied with our own set of inhibitions and thus internally create a liking or dislike for specific things. Take the food items for example; some people don’t like the bitter gourd at all and can’t stand the smell of it, while others savour it as a delicacy. Bitter Gourd is not actually of bad taste but it’s the taste buds which accept or rejects the taste depending upon our own mental state. If we like to taste different food items with varied tastes and we have made our mind open to all taste sensations then we will like all the tastes that are tested by our taste buds. Even if it is bitter gourd we will find its taste to be different from other food items, will even suggest ways to improve its taste by adding other accompaniments. Our previous experiences, our grooming, our societal background are responsible for creating a value system, a background script in our minds, basis which we start judging other creations. So when we judge an item on its looks or creativity we actually judge its acceptance to our own value system and then pass judgement on the basis of its degree of acceptability with our own mental script.
A creation in itself is such uniqueness which does not have a comparison in the entire cosmic system. If it is beauty for our eyes, there cannot be anything more beautiful than this as our senses have accepted them to be beautiful and soothing to our eyes. But along with being beautiful, the thing is also the only thing of that shape, size and design. We can make other copies of it similar to it but cannot have another thing in the universe which will be as beautiful as this. Then we start praising the creator of that beauty for having created the most beautiful thing on earth. But for a thing which doesn’t appeal to our same senses as beautiful, can we say that we should criticize its creator? But why? He has also created a piece which is unique in the whole of the universe and it is also the only thing of its shape, size and design, it can also have copies but not the same thing again in the universe. A creator cannot be judged by judging the quality of his creation by others who view the creation with their own pre-conceived visions and historical paradigms. A creation can only be observed for its uniqueness and can never be appraised or judged for its quality. There cannot be a quality of a creation, because quality is associated copies and not the creation. Copies always have a reference point in their originals but creation is always for different purposes hence it can never be associated with any fixed quality parameters. A bookmark will always be used for the purpose of bookmark, and every bookmark will always be unique.