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Where does inspiration come from?

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noun: serendipity plural noun: serendipities

the fact of finding interesting or valuable things by chance/
an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident/
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.: “a for tunate stroke of serendipity” “a series of small serendipities”/
the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for/
a combination of events which are not individually beneficial, but occur ring together produce a good or wonderful outcome

synonyms: chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident,
fluke, luck, good luck, good for tune, for tuity, for tuitousness, providence, coincidence, happy coincidence

Inspiration was initially understood as a concept that hailed from outside of the human mind. In Classical Culture, these sparks of creativity were thought to flow directly from the Gods and muses, turning people into mere vessels of communication. The originality of the ideas were believed to be beyond any Man’s intelligence or skill and only something superior could be at its origin.

From the 20th century on, psychoanalysis has pointed the source of inspiration back towards the mind - locating it the unconscious - as a result and product of previous life experiences.
Nowadays, inspiration has acquired a practical sense - similar to an action. When designing or creating, people consider it to be a matter of switching something on, in order to produce the results they expect. They force standard procedures and seek catalysts that are capable of speeding up the process of fabrication, in hope of achieving those “eureka” moments.

What was once believed to be an occasional gift from a higher power is now reduced to another link in the chain, another process in society’s models of capitalistic production.
An action supposed to be capable of forcing creativity; discovering new beauty and unear thing new worlds.

Inspiration has a fleeting presence in the human mind. It is something that seems to happen regardless of the place or moment.
Even its origin continues to be so intricate that it seems impossible to trace it back to a specific place - making it even more unlikely to reverse-engineer the sequence of events that led to a new idea and master the entire process.

Never theless, considering inspiration as a par t of the human mind, it seems to use the context that envelops ever y person as a source. Creativity then sprouts from the combination of two or more given elements that were previously perceived and that can present the possibility of a new one.

Regardless of how and when inspiration “happens”, it is fueled by the contents of the mind. The more information that can be fed into the process, the more likely it is for
it to occur. This means that in a complex and diverse environment, people would be in contact with more and more dif ferent elements, which would allow new ideas to flow at a higher pace.

And as inspiration became more frequent, the easier would be for creativity to happen; for new beauty to be discovered and new worlds to be found.

where can inspiration lead to?