We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I suspect that God may be just as charmed by the Scottish shepherds' video that maggiesfarmers put up a day or so ago. I keep going back to it and replaying it, enjoying again the pleasure of the shepherds in their own creativity, and the joy of those wonderful border collies doing what they love to do. It reminds me of the old fable about The Jongleur de Notre Dame.
Creativity in human beings is God's own gift to us, no matter how we express it.
I agree with Marianne - G-d delights in human creativity.
One of the names of G-d in the Jewish Bible is "Shaddai" - which is usually connected to a word for a mother's breast.
But it is also interpreted as a play on the word for "enough" - G-d said "enough" to the forces of creation, purposely leaving the world incomplete. So humans could become His partners in creation.
On the first Sabbath after creation, it says:
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their hosts. And on the seventh day God completed His work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created to do.
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Get that "created to do"?
G-d made "work to do" - for us to do.
Dog, you have mangled Shakespeare.
King John Act iv. Sc, 2.
To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.