Did you know that in ancient Roman times, people didn't believe that creativity came from human beings? They believed that creativity was actually a divine spirit that "visited" human beings for short unknown periods of time. The Romans called this spirit a "genius". They believed that geniuses hid in the walls and would come out to invisibly help artists with their work. This particular concept has stayed with me ever since I heard Elizabeth Gilbert talk about it in a TedTalk. Isn't it interesting to consider the possibility that somehow creative ideas and concepts exist in the universe as divine spirits that have the ability to come and go as they please? If you've ever experienced creative block, and subsequently the "stroke of genius" that sometimes follows it, then you probably understand just how valid the Roman belief could be! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'm curious to know what you think, though. Do you agree with the Romans?