Rognvald wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:40 pm
Hemingway, Poe, Van Gogh, Weldon Kees, Jerzy Kosinski, Frida Kahlo, Sylvia Plath, Sonny Criss, Frank Rosolino are a few that come to mind. Creative people, in my opinion, are hard-wired differently from the Herd. They dance to a different drummer and much of their angst is how they perceive existence in relationship to the conventions of the Herd. For some, termination of life is far preferable, at a certain point, than to be suffocated emotionally on a daily basis. . . Playing again . . . Rognvald
A most interesting thread that I've been following and finally just had to jump in!
I think one has to be very careful with these sorts of arguments. Many highly creative individuals, especially in music and other creative arts, have been individuals "wired differently" if one chooses to define "wired differently" as fighting serious issues of psychosis, addiction, etc. It does not make sense to generalize from there that ALL creative individuals are thus "wired differently". Many of the unsung heroes of science, technology, mathematics, for example, are/were highly creative individuals (who in many cases were talented musicians, painters, etc.) that were not known to be "wired differently" by the above definition. It is easy to confuse correlation with causality.
Also, your argument that genetics determines creativity is something that I personally find highly problematic. Can you cite any scientific evidence that supports this assertion? Given that creativity is more than likely a function of consciousness and that consciousness is perhaps shaped by environmental stimuli, the stretch to a genetic link is an interesting hypothesis. Unfortunately, that argument, taken to ridiculous lengths, leads to ideas like Eugenics and also, very sadly, to the gates of places like Auschwitz and Dachau. I think most reasonable humans agree that those are places of profound darkness, places that humans should stay away from. I say most because in my country, in this day and age, there are people who believe otherwise, as we have not doubt all seen in recent coverage. Also, I find your statement "For some, termination of life is far preferable, at a certain point, than to be suffocated emotionally on a daily basis." disturbing in the extreme, if you are suggesting this is a what creatives who feel this way should consider doing. People make those choices and, at the end of the day, it is, I suppose, their choice. But it is a choice and justification of this as somehow an option for creative people is a very dangerous idea. One can choose not to "be suffocated emotionally on a daily basis."