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If you have a talent or ability, is it wrong to not use it?

I have a many skills and talents. Some were innate, and some were gained through painful effort. I do not have a desire for money or fame. I'm content playing my music in the comfort of my home, or writing poetry and fiction for myself. Because of this I find myself repeatedly having conversations with my friends concerning my "need" to do something with it. They tell me "it's a shame" to keep my talents to myself. Is it? And if I gave up playing music, for example, why would that be considered as some sort of crime? If you have a talent, should you feel obligated to share it with the world?

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    Mar 18 2013: I think there is a vast intelligence that seeks expression through us - it is only when the talent is infused with the urge to express and the passion to realize the talent that man strives forward. So no, I don't think if you have a talent it is necessarily wrong to not share it or express it. It's only when a talent or a gift is held back and the urge to share is dampened by fear, lack of self confidence and fear of failure that makes it a tragedy.

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