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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 21 2013: Depends on what do you think your definition of talent is. I think "talent" today has negative implications, and makes people diminish or supervalorize skills, due to the "biological" or "miracle happening" semantics that comes with it.

    But your skills should be used in the way it makes you happy. Whether you like to play, write or sing to yourself or to others. Personally, as an opera singer, I think my singing skills bring an array of feelings to people, and consequently, to myself, especially joy. It is very good to see happy, astonished, sad, touched, and even bored faces on a performance. And my career, or my "survival ways" is a direct consequence of making those around me happy, and honing my musical skills.

    So, if you think you need to go on, or give up, just do what you want to!
    The only sure thing of using your skills, for me is that when you help people grow, even by just a little, you become happy. Try to create this exchange of good feelings with your skills before deciding anything!

    Best regards,
    From a fellow musician

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