Why is creativity a lie?
Okay, so creativity itself is not a lie. However, to BE creative you must nurture the ability to reach beyond the technical-sided portion of your mind, extracting the nonexistent through imagination or distorting, exaggerating and enhancing the preexisting. In other words, be good at lying about the truths of reality. To creatively tell a story, paint a picture, sketch a prototype or build virtual worlds you must first convince yourself of its possible existence -- as it is likely a real-world improbability from both a physics and engineering standpoint -- and then exaggerate it further, for effect. The blooming interest of onlookers credits the brilliant deception of creatives. The ability to manifest suggestive plausibility in the minds of viewers is the hallmark of a brilliant liar.
If that's true, is creativity a bad thing?
IMHO, no. If you were to remove one's ability to lie, they would instantly become a boring, predictable and possibly terrified person. Lying about non-fictitious events is not easy for most to pull off without returning extreme skepticism and could be perceived as a negative trait. However, according to a 2005 study published by the British Journal of Psychology, compulsive lying makes you smarter.
Fabricating entirely fictitious events is a honed skill and can be deemed "brilliant creativity" when used with great intention. That's a good thing. Conjure up another season of Game of Thrones and I'd happily praise your creativity -- you clever liar, you!
Fancy yourself a creative type?
Give this presentation a whirl and discover some creative (truthful) insights from Ubisoft Art Director, Raphael Lacoste.
Concerning 3D Environment Design: if a popular landmark (building, monument, memorial, etc.) has an exact blueprint, schematic or topological map as reference, your technical mind will tell you "That's it! Perfecto! Done. Fini. NEXT!". If you were to stop there, at the limits of the blueprint, you've succeeded only in recreating someone else's previous design work. Using the schematic as a template, build upon it with a touch of embellishment, exaggerate proportions and don't be afraid to frazzle any exact dimensions and uniformity in the scene. This is where creativity stems from the preexisting. Invention through imagination is often the most difficult form of creative expression, yet can attract a more curious audience.
Lying should not be seen as a wholly untrustworthy trait in those around you. In fact, you may find that they are more creative because of it. Creative minds are all around us in the content we consume day to day. So, in a positive light, you can feel a swell of inspiration from their creativity. On the other hand, you should keep in mind that the next time someone points out how creative you are, they may actually be calling you a liar.
Check out what the world would be like if we couldn't lie. Scary!