What is the difference between reaction and creation?
A reaction is a natural impulse. Creation is a supernatural calling and motivation.
Reaction stems from natural instincts that are often unconscious. At the most fundamental level, it is a response to some external force - an answer to an act that has come from somewhere outside the individual. Some reactions are necessary and vital; others are superfluous or needless. Some can be positively harmful, particularly from a spiritual perspective.
Creation is rooted in supernatural intuition and motivation. At the most fundamental level, it is a response to a Divine calling that emanates primarily from within – an answer that originates from an act deep within the divine essence of individual. All authentic creative acts are necessary and vital; none are superfluous or needless. None can ever be harmful.
The Satanic totalitarianism we are experiencing today exerts its influence primarily via the external world. The “unnatural” external forces of totalitarianism work to trigger „natural” reactive instincts. The demonic forces behind the totalitarians positively crave reactions to their actions. It matters little whether the reactions stem from the „natural instincts” of fear, anxiety, despair, anger, lust, rage, apathy, and so forth; what matters are the „natural” reactions themselves. The demonic forces want to lock us into a level of reaction because it makes our acts entirely dependent on their external acts in every meaningful way.
When demonic forces succeed in locking us into a reactive mode of being, they succeed in locking us into the “natural”, external world and the “natural”, external aspects of ourselves. The energy and time we invest reacting to the external is energy and time that has been diverted away from creating from what is divine within us. When we allow our acts to depend on somebody else’s acts, we relinquish ownership over our acts and weaken our creativity.
When a Christian allows his acts to sink consistently to the level of mere reaction, he has lowered himself to the level of the enemy.
Thus, the Christian response to Satanic totalitarianism should not be reaction, but the rejection of all reactive activity in favor or creative activity. This involves moving beyond participation in conventional and common ways of acting and thinking, as well as average, mundane standards of judgement.
Creation begins with an act that emanates from deep within the divine essence of a person. This act expands organically from the person, “as fruit from a tree.” To paraphrase the Gospels, creation is the motivation to be a good man who is able to bring forth good things from the treasure of his heart.
Creation does not merely react to the external. Nor does it depend on the external. Creation brings something entirely new and unique from the internal into the external.
Unlike reaction, creation does not depend upon the external. On the contrary, it stems from the understanding that the external depends entirely on the creation.
Reaction is a natural impulse. Creation is a supernatural calling.
Everything we need is there within us. All we have to do is change our perspective; shift our thinking.
Note added: Inspired mostly by some recent reading of the Gospels, Berdyaev, and Scheler.