It's a fact that some people in this world are smart and others, well, not so much. The same is also true that some people are uniquely creative and talented in ways that others are not. There simply aren't millions of people like Pablo Picasso or Leonardo da Vinci walking around this world and it takes individuals like them to contrast with less talented people for their true brilliance to shine accordingly. It's often a matter of perception, and sometimes public opinion, what is or isn't talent and there's certainly an argument that true genius is something you are born with, while others feel any talent is something that is learned as we're all simply blank slates from the start.

The creative process is often a mysterious and esoteric activity

Exactly how any work of art, written, painted, photographed, recorded or otherwise fixed in a permanent manner to be critiqued, examined or simply appreciated, is a process that follows no standard form. Every creative individual has their own unique way of coming up with ideas and executing them, which is what makes a Picasso a Picasso and a da Vinci a da Vinci, it's the personal steps and processes involved that innately brings forth an original work of art.

Profit is a dangerous motivation for creativity

When intentions are pure, and some may argue that art is the purest form of expressive intent, there can be revelatory and previously untapped expressions that connect us all to the consciousness of the collective whole. The moments, often called epiphanies in the world of art, can make or break an artist. A truly creative moment can catapult someone from relative obscurity to being rendered a cultural icon and someone who speaks for a generation. Chasing that sort of status, and the monetary and financial gains that are sometimes windfall byproducts of creative genius, can make for sinister motivations to misappropriate and mimic the talents of others purely for profit, coming from a place of envy and greed.

Intellectual property exists at a murky crossroads

Who owns what when it comes to intellectual property is often clear and without a shadow of a doubt. Other times, it's not so easy to claim a creation as your own. The fact is humans have many of the same ideas, especially when working within a limited and confined set of parameters such as music, with a finite amount of musical notes, and the written word, with a finite amount of common language used on a regular basis. Inevitably, those individual with creativity overcome the obstacles of a limited palette and create a unique masterpiece despite the odds, but there are always those clever enough to mimic the creative success of others just enough to muddy the waters and create an acceptable facsimile for their own personal profits. In the end, the murky crossroads of near-duplicate content must be judged on it's merits alone and the profiteers must be exposed for the frauds that they are. #Crime