[pypy-dev] i just had the book FLOWS reccomeenmded to me
aleaxit at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 13 13:39:44 CEST 2004
On Saturday 10 April 2004 12:05 am, Edward K. Ream wrote:
> > Why do uncreative people live at all?
> Why ask why? It's their problem :-)
I disagree: we, the uncreative, provide most of the indispensable support and
follow-through for most creative people's "sparks". In a well-known quote,
Thomas Alva Edison defines genius as 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration (this
is widely mis-attributed to Albert Einstein and other well-known
quipsters;-). I would roughly agree -- and add that very few of the creative
people, those lucky enough to be blessed with that 1% of inspiration, have
the stomach and the taste for the long, careful, systematic, painstaking,
often-boring and always-tiring work, implied by that 99% of perspiration.
Fortunately, ideas are irresistibly infective, even though all patent lawyers,
copyright-term extenders, and other purveyors of "intellectual property"
drivel, would stem the tide. More often than not, large, indispensable
swathes of that 99% of perspiration are provided by US, the uncreative,
laboring patiently at crack-filling, t-crossing, i-dotting, and sundry other
unglamorous tasks -- without such follow-up, all the creative sparks in the
world would leave us all still cowering in damp caves, you know...
(admittedly, so would all the patient toil in the world _without_ the
occasional spark coming from the creative ones -- my point is that both sorts
are needed to make real progress).
As a healthy antidote to the hubris that often seems to accompany creativity,
I would recommend periodical doses of "Forrest Gump", or, for something
completely different, Agnes Jaoui's sublime "Le Gout des Autres", Jasmin
Dizdar's superb "Beautiful People", Alain Resnais's classic "Mon Oncle
d'Amerique"... each of these artists manages, in different ways, to show how
complicated and intertwined is the world of humans, how each instrument in
the orchestra happens to play the right notes at the right time so that the
full symphony can in the end emerge.
More information about the Pypy-dev