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Creativity Comment

Great comment by Josh on a NYTimes creativity article:

Unless he’s one of a very lucky few, the creative person will be punished for his creativity at every stage of his life. School rewards students only for completing simple exercises according to schedule. At work, gifts are taken from the creator while most of the profit and credit accrue to others. If the creator is too good, he will be misunderstood. If he is not, he will fail.

Creativity and talent do have their own rewards, but creativity is a cruel task master, since the creative person must create, and modern society offers relatively few opportunities and rewards for doing so.