"The urge to destroy is also a creative urge."--Mikhail BakuninChris and I often talk about Soren's love of destruction, even from an early age. When he plays, he destroys. It's his favorite thing to do, take things apart, break them, crash them, etc. Just yesterday, he busied himself with smashing Matchbox cars with a brick and was utterly delighted in this activity.
Most likely, it was thoughtless, done out of boredom rather than curiosity. But in many ways, destruction is a satisfying thing, like peeling bark off of a birch tree, or it can be dramatic and exciting, like watching a watermelon drop from three stories above. For me, it's rare that the creative acts that I know, like painting or drawing have such a dramatic conclusion as a watermelon shattering to pieces. Or a snowman, for that matter.
The obvious meaning behind Picasso's quote above would seem to be that destruction makes room for more creativity, however it doesn't seem to the be the case with Soren. He's not interested in rebuilding, other than for the purposes of destroying again. Maybe he should start dabbling in the "eraser drawing" style of Willem de Kooning.
I think Soren simply enjoys cause and effect, and having power over something physically, which might be where his love of destruction comes from. I only hope this creative urge can be focused onto an activity or hobby. If that were to happen, I'm sure Chris and I would be blown away by what he can achieve.