Which one is more important – Creativity or Knowledge?

creativity vs knowledge

Knowledge is the information that we have through the experiences of our predecessors and our own at present. Information of all things discovered or experienced is knowledge. But, creativity is needed to put that information together to come up with new results and solutions.

Albert Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Knowledge, no doubt has a role to play. Without knowledge, creativity does not have any substance to work with. Creativity puts together already available information in a manner to come up with new solutions to new problems. Without the 2 working in tandem, nothing new could have been created.

Let’s discuss a simple example that all of us must have surely come across: In school, we all knew that one guy/girl who would mug-up the whole book from top to bottom. No question would be left in the book which was not known to him/her. And there would be another guy/girl who would not toil so much. He/she would only understand how to solve the questions, the methodology, and the reasoning behind all of it. Come maths exam. Let’s say a few questions were asked which were not in the book. The first guy/girl would cry foul over not being able to solve the questions since they were “out of syllabus”. While the other guy/girl, though slower in speed, would solve all the questions(even the new ones) and get a better score than the latter.

Now the question arises, who among the above 2 is truly educated? Definitely not the rote learner! This points to the fact that creativity trumps knowledge in solving new problems. Knowledge can get you through old problems easily, but only creativity can help you tackle new problems.

In light of the above discussion, it can be concluded that knowledge is definitely required but only knowledge in isolation cannot help us. Knowledge has to be accompanied by creativity in order to make true progress in life. These rules apply to every sphere of our life.

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5 comments

  1. According to me in this modern days of society creativity is the most important thing.one can earn knowledge by reading books , newspaper and journal.he might gain theoretical knowledge but not practical knowledge.but creativity comes from inner potential.what I think creatively is the thing that develops the practical knowledge.now a days the people are getting the facilities who want to develop their creativity.. creativity is always praiseworthy because people always want to see the innovative things and the innovation comes from creativity..
    Thank you

  2. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” … Take it that way – there are professions in the practice where imagination and creativity is not important at all.

  3. According to me knowledge is very essential , without knowledge even we can’t manage our day to day life. When we read we gather our knowledge , nowadays competition world everybody has to learn and gather knowledge but creativity is important. First ,student or anybody they have to gather knowledge then he/she will be make it creative from his own brain. For example in examination some of the student read thoroughly and give answer but any question comes out side text book he/she will not be able to give answer but some of the student they know the basics I e they are able to prepare the answer from their brain. First people has to gather the basic knowledge then they can make it creative.

  4. In my opinion basically knowledge is important in our day to day life, because without it we can’t survive in today’s competitive world.. But in other ways creativity is also important in life too, so because creativity helps our brain to think in a different and in unique way.. So at the conclusion I can say that everyone should having knowledge but it’s the human perception that how he or she uses his or her knowledge in a creative manner..

  5. Life without knowledge is just like a ship which sails adrift. In todays competetive enviornment of cut throat competetion, knowledge is an oxygen to enable us survive. Creativity is branch of knowledge which lifts up the veals and peeps into the mystries and new provides new look, views, approach etc. A creativity added to knowledge would be a feather in the cap.

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