A general theory of creativity lies in the idea that only some people are creative, that they have been blessed by God or luck or their parents’ gene pool with a trait that allows them to imagine new ideas or concepts out of thin air. In short, it suggests that creative people don’t have to work hard because creativity comes naturally.
Only the second half of this sentence is true. The first half is a grave misconception.
Creativity does take active effort, but an effort that is universal to the productive, natural thought processes of all humans everywhere.
Being creative doesn’t require you to make something out of nothing, because during no point in your life do you ever have “nothing.”
Creativity only asks that you use what you are given. It asks you to rearrange pieces of knowledge, or identify missing ones as a result of past experiences and situations in order to yield a finished product that conveys something new.
Contrary to the theory that values nobody, this equalizing theory of creativity values every thing that happens to everybody.
But if creativity is an equalizer, doesn’t that defeat individualism?
Not a chance.
Only you have your experiences, your memories, your beliefs, your unique combinations of observations and thoughts: the books you read, the pictures you save, the people you love and the reasons you love them. All of these contribute to the exact way you think and move and grow, and consequently, the way you create. The simple act of absorbing the world around you makes it possible to create and contribute to it in a way that is uniquely yours.
There is no pressure to create something out of nothing, because you already have everything you need.