Sandy Slade, Social Work Student @ Dalhousie U
You talk about the cluster being about cultivating soil. How important is the artistic community in creating this genius? Like the beat poets for poetry, the Inklings in fiction, or philosophy in Athens, political philosophy in the enlightenment. Would Tolkien be as good as he is without C.S Lewis? Is it that certain circumstances foster genius in clusters, or that society influencing creative genius can only happen with the exchange of ideas that happens naturally in communities?
It's tough being creative, and even tougher being a genius. You're really putting yourself out there. Nobody enjoys that feeling. (Geniuses are people too!) Freud often described himself as a "conquistador," him against the world. He needed a support system, if only to reassure himself that he wasn't going insane. Thus, he formed the Wednesday Circle, a group of like-minded colleagues. It wasn't only supportive, of course, it was also collaborative. You see this a lot. I call it "compensatory genius," One person fills in the gaps in the other's weak spots. Think of Steve Job and Steve Wozniak. Woz was the more brilliant engineer but couldn't market himself out of a wet paper back. He needed Jobs, and Jobs needed him. You see this time and again but--and I think this is key--you see it most often in places where this sort of collaboration is actively encouraged, where creativity is in the air. Continue reading...