Gilber's Ted Talk Essay

616 WordsSep 6, 20143 Pages
Elizabeth Gilbert's TED preseation According to Elizabeth Gilbert, every human being on this Earth is capable and should receive the status of genius, whether that genius is cockeyed and divine or downright brilliant; Gilbert discusses the history, fear and pressure of geniuses in the TED Talk named, “Your Elusive Creative Genius.” Elizabeth Gilbert, most known for being the author of Eat, Pray, Love, discusses the idea that creativity and intelligence originates from the individual. Innovative and exceptionally profound people across the decades have died at their own hands but their reputation reads that they are “alcoholic-manic depressives”, says Gilbert. This concept, of wrongly titling the unique, is put on trial in Gilbert’s speech. The idea for the talk was birthed from research of the past, “People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons.The Greeks famously called these divine attendant spirits of creativity “daemons.”...The Romans had the same idea, but they called that sort of disembodied creative spirit a genius” (Gilbert). The societies of Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, Gilbert discovered, believed that a genius was a magical entity who would assist an artist, of any kind, with their work and shape the outcome of said work. Gilbert constantly refers back to this ancient social aspect and compares it to today. Gilbert asks, “Why not?” to forming the world’s thinking behind the Ancient beliefs. According to Elizabeth Gilbert, collectively, society has accepted the idea that creativity and suffering are inherently linked. This means artistry will lead to anguish. After her phenomenal success on her book, Gilbert is afraid that her most stupendous prosperity is behind her, “...Is it logical that anybody should be expected to

More about Gilber's Ted Talk Essay

Open Document