Creativity vs Social Authority
All of this negativity isn’t easy to digest, and social rejection can be painful in some of the same ways physical pain hurts. But there is a glimmer of hope in all of this rejection. A Cornell study makes the case that social rejection is not actually bad for the creative process—and can even facilitate it. The study shows that if you have the sneaking suspicion you might not belong, the act of being rejected confirms your interpretation. The effect can liberate creative people from the need to fit in and allow them to pursue their interests.
Perhaps for some people, the pain of rejection is like the pain of training for a marathon—training the mind for endurance. Research shows you’ll need it. Truly creative ideas take a very long time to be accepted. The better the idea, the longer it might take. Even the work of Nobel Prize winners was commonly rejected by their peers for an extended period of time.
Most people agree that what distinguishes those who become famously creative is their resilience. While creativity at times is very rewarding, it is not about happiness. Staw says a successful creative person is someone “who can survive conformity pressures and be impervious to social pressure.”
Well, first of all society needs to demonstrate it has the authority, power, and right to judge what is real or not. Authority alone, only cuts it for some people. Power covers almost all the bases, except for when it doesn’t in the presence of individual conscience.
‘He either fears his fate too much,
Or his desert is small,
Who fears to put it to the touch,
And win or lose it all.’ – Montrose’s Toast
The conflict between individuals whose only authority is themselves, and against people who are part of organizations is principally a difference of methods. In Martial Arts, people have a lot of reasons for why modern training takes so long vs ancient times. Primarily I would say the issue is that most people just do what they are told to do, thus never accessing the art in martial arts. Artistic creation does not develop from copying the works of the ancients. That is not even close to mastery. Many martial artists think they can achieve mastery by doing as they are told and practicing formulas and centrally organized sets, while obeying authority, and in time they will achieve their goals. They say that the problem of modern people is that they don’t work hard enough. Time, however, is the only thing you can’t buy yourself more of, since death doesn’t take cash, barter, or trade.
Modern individuals have way more time to train in martial arts, especially if that is their primary hobby or even job, than ancient humans who had no time saving tech and no modern medicinal cures. They made up for it with experience, by taking risks that would damage or maim the body. They went on warrior pilgrimages and sought out duels with the strongest, dying if they were not better or did not learn.