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Is creativity undervalued?

Updated on January 6, 2017

Creative pursuits involve work as well, and they also bring a huge amount of joy to the otherwise bleak and corporate world.

— Laksala Mendis

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Picture a world without William Shakespeare, John Donne, Alex Garland, Alice Walker, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Tracey Emin, and Antony Gormley. It would be a dull and miserable place. Artists, writers, and filmmakers provide so much enjoyment and knowledge, and engender a varied and interesting culture and society. Without authors, painters, drawers, screenwriters, and directors the world would be a very grey and boring place.

So why is it that these types of creatives are made to pay in order to exhibit, or write, or make films, when without them society would suffer vastly? Whether these creatives are made to work for free (because obviously they don't need to pay rent or eat), or they are asked to pay membership fees in order to write (because not only do they not need to pay rent or eat, they also have money flying in from the air that they can waste in order to do their work), it is a very unfair set-up that ensures that many give-up and join the worker drones, or that many struggle in their lives to find the money to live and have basic human rights, whilst also aiming to never give up and join the worker drones. Both set-ups are unfair and indeed inhumane.

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Fortunately, the creatives that I mentioned above either lived in a time where creativity was extremely valued and admired, or they already came from wealthy and connected families, or they were simply extremely lucky and were put in contact with the right individuals that could help their careers, or they simply never gave up, or maybe two or three of the afore-mentioned.

In this day and age, intelligence is valued less and less and in its place we see attention-seeking 'celebrities', over-sexualisation of society, materialism, vanity, and a whole lot of ego. For us genuine creatives who refuse to give up their dreams, this world of superficiality that doesn't really value or admire culture, and genuine creativity and talent, anymore can be a very lonely place.

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Creative pursuits involve work as well, and they also bring a huge amount of joy to the otherwise bleak and corporate world.

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