Wow, my second pit thread in a day. This is a first. (Don’t worry, I won’t make a habit of it.) I’m also somewhat sleep deprived, so accept my apologies in advance for this ramble.
A rant in two parts. (Well, maybe three parts.) This isn’t just related to art and creative things, it could be any skill. But the instances I’ve seen have always been for creative stuff.
First: I don’t want to hear how you could really be good at this thing, “if you really wanted to.” The fact is, that you aren’t good at it, because YOU CAN’T DO IT. Did you get that?!? YOU CAN’T DO IT. And until you can do it, all the hot air in the world, and boasts about how you could do it, are meaningless bullshit.
I’ve had people do that when they see my artwork. “Oh, I could do that too, if I really tried.”
As if by saying that they could means that they’ve already done it, and deserve the same amount of respect as those of us who actually have developed the skill. This scenario was even in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Lady DeBurgh (sp?), an obnoxious and overbearing character in the book, claimed that “had I ever learned the piano, I would have been a great proficient.” Yeah. That’s all you need to do. Talk about how great you would have been, had you bothered to learn.
I’ve just encountered a particularly obnoxious version of this type of person on another message board. Not only would he be good at EVERYTHING (yes, he claimed this) but he’d be a MASTER at it. Everything. “I have never tried something that I wasn’t a MASTER at.” And yeah, he’d know that he’d be a master before even trying it. Because, after all, he’s always been a master at EVERYTHING. But when it is pointed out that it takes a great deal to be deemed a **master **at composing music, or art, or writing, he starts in with, “Who can judge what a master is, anyway? You are not in the position to judge!”
Well, you moron, if none of us are in the position to judge what a master is, then how the hell would you KNOW you could be one, before you’ve even tried?
And this leads me to the second part of the rant. The part about “creativity” being some sort of great equalizer, or something.
On the subject of creating music, some pouty guy on another message board started to preach a little sanctimonous sermon about how the “creativity” that his three-year-old expressed on the piano was on the same level as Mozart. Because, well, you know—they’re both “creative.” Oh sure, he concedes, most people would decide, subjectively, that Mozart sounded better, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter. They are both on the same plane. Both “creative.” So who are we to judge?
The response to this was quite amusing. It was deemed absurd.
Now, of course it’s true that there are different tastes and one person’s masterpiece is another person’s crap. But COME. ON. To get all pouty because the rest of the universe won’t consider your three-year-old’s music the same as Mozart? Or that your beginner, totally newbie efforts in whatever are, horror of horrors, criticized? That you want those people who have spent years honing their craft to automatically give your newbie efforts the same amount of respect and admiration, even though, in their opinions, you haven’t earned that respect yet? All because it’s all “creative”?
What a steaming load.