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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?

Hi everyone! I am working on a research about the gifted and creative individuals. I'd like to know what are the challenges that the gifted and creative people experience in your country. Share your thoughts please :) Thanks!


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  • Mar 6 2013: I think the general public categorizes genius, creative or otherwise, as impotent. Money is worshiped and great ideas are only great if they are valuable. People need a realization that art and the future we make for humanity are more important than what we do for ourselves in the here and now. Beautiful minds face short sight; the inability to look at what one is doing as good on a larger scale (a more real scale) than an economic one.
    • Mar 7 2013: This is why people who are gifted and talented need to be provided with support to reach their best selves, both in terms of mentoring and economics. Many gifts and talents don't fit in convenient "job boxes", and trying to stuff someone into such a box results not only in failure for the organization, but also disheartening of the individual. This can and will crush creativity in many people.
    • Mar 7 2013: so you say "People need a realization that art and the future we make for humanity are more important than what we do for ourselves in the here and now."

      I say that you have just stated a bunch of nonsense.

      1st if art is so important, pay all the artist and not just a few "known/famous" ones, not only pay them but pay them more than what you pay an engineer!

      now the future of humanity is not in opposition of what we do for ourselves in the here and now, because we are humans and we need to take care of the here and now to be able to have a future.

      so unless the person is very rich, money is always needed, or are you going to pay the bills of all those artists? are you going to pay those surgeries and other hospital bills the people may need? are you going to pay their debts?

      I don't think so

      a pipe dream that renders every one poor and in misery
      • Mar 7 2013: I think you and I are what some would call prime examples of a 'realist' versus an 'idealist'. I world where art is valued hire than economic status is a pipe dream?
        You've taken my comment to it's most extreme interpretation. My main point is that 'artists' are viewed as non-conributers. Amanda Palmer talks openly about being degraded as a street performer, being yelled at regularly to 'get a real job'.
        I think Sugata Mitra's discussion gives good examples of how encouragement is key; not just for children's education but growth as individuals.
        Even adults.
        Futurism is another matter entirely. My point is people have a 'whats in it for me' mentality when they make life choices. Such as the importance of getting their children involved in an after school art program versus paying for monthly cable. We need to invest in ourselves versus creature comforts.
        I see how I may have been mis-interpreted; I should be more clear.
    • Mar 8 2013: AND, if there is an invention that makes its way to market, the inventor is made a celebrity, rich w/ endorsements and becomes highly visible all very quickly. That can be destructive to ones internal organization too, highly restrictive success rate which denies public access to progress and ppl believe they rose from nothing bec THEY never heard of them. Reading backgrounds of pop stars, for eg: most have been performing for many many years, supported in their talents and educated "fame style" schools for performing arts, not just lucky.
      Also misleading to general public who think then that success is a result of pure chance so don't try for themselves to create what they love

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