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Prodigies vs Late Bloomers

Is genius better than a talent that blooms late? What is the difference?

There are many artists, singers, writers who start to get famous late in life. So, is being “talented” a function of when the society wakes up to the gifts of a person or is it independent of recognition from the society?

It could be that the society just wakes up late to a person who was say hitherto living in a small village and could not be “discovered”. But sometimes, it is also that a person reaches a certain emotional maturity at a certain time.. due to some incident that suddenly makes one see things in ways that he/she has not realized earlier. Then, an ordinary novelist or an ordinary painter suddenly transforms into a Great Artist!

For example, Guru Dutt was a good director but it was not until he made masterpieces like Kagaz ke Phool and Pyaasa that he was truly counted as a genius! On the other hand, Raj Kapoor started by making masterpieces!

Another interesting question is – is the work of a genius at an early age better than the best of works of the late bloomer? Sometimes, I believe, that some great work for a person at that young an age creates a kind of halo around the work itself and renders it as a masterpiece when in reality, if it was indeed compared to the best in business and IF the same work was, say, done by someone twice that person’s age it would have been judged as “ordinary”!

So, there is definitely a “Halo” created by the age effect.

Also read:  While the Gods fail....

What do you think of this? Do you think a young master is indeed a true genius?

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Desh Kapoor

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2 thoughts on “Prodigies vs Late Bloomers”

  1. The work of genius at a young age or stage carries with it a power of delivery that is simply not there at a later stage of life. The halo you so eloquently stated encapsulates the artist in a kind of state of delivery only available at that point. The artist’s consciousness has apprehended a truth that is delivered unbiased from that locus and may not be delivered as such if years and experience were added.

    Take for instance great pop and independent musicians who gave us cherished songs from their youthful vista. As we see them in later years trying to reprise their former glories on oldies tours, we see that the actions in the moment of their youth were vital. That vitality can ebb as we are in a theater of all passing things. The nature of the changeful is to pass. All thoughts, ideas and concepts pass. Thus all that was vital to this artist may ebb away so that only an echo remains of that moment when the creative spark struck fresh.

    Thank you for the article!

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  2. The work of genius at a young age or stage carries with it a power of delivery that is simply not there at a later stage of life. The halo you so eloquently stated encapsulates the artist in a kind of state of delivery only available at that point. The artist’s consciousness has apprehended a truth that is delivered unbiased from that locus and may not be delivered as such if years and experience were added.

    Take for instance great pop and independent musicians who gave us cherished songs from their youthful vista. As we see them in later years trying to reprise their former glories on oldies tours, we see that the actions in the moment of their youth were vital. That vitality can ebb as we are in a theater of all passing things. The nature of the changeful is to pass. All thoughts, ideas and concepts pass. Thus all that was vital to this artist may ebb away so that only an echo remains of that moment when the creative spark struck fresh.

    Thank you for the article!

    One Love
    Psiplex
    http://www.psiplex.com

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