You May Not Be a Genius
But you–yes you–have one.
In this TED talk, , gently urges the hopeful creative soul to let go torturing themselves to “be creative” with the notion that, as other cultures have held, genius (think genie) is a force that acts through us, not an obligation upon us. , author of Eat, Pray, Love
If you are are if you care for someone with creative pressures, careful attention to this 20 minute reflection is time well spent.
I have a thread of thought somewhere in my to-write-about stack based on the notion I heard in a sermon on the word “created” in the Bible.
The theologian remarked that the idea that humans create anything is historically a new one. Over most of our past, man has held the notion that only God creates–that forming the new from nothing (ex nihilo) is divine. And truly, most human creativity is derivative, as if we are passing down a legacy whose source extends to our very beginnings in ways we poorly understand.
That we ever hold that spark of creativity is a blessing; wanting to possess it and control it absolutely and always is a curse and a delusion. Think of the most creative among us who have suffered depression, alcoholism, and suicide from the mistaken oppression that society has placed on them to be perpetually and productively creative.
Genius comes when it will. We just have to show up to meet it–and be ready to reach out and hold it lightly and cherish its presence for as long as it will stay with us.
“Man hopes. Genius creates.”Â ~ Emerson