I'm coming to realise that most of us are over-accustomed to creative elitism ... it's probably more tragic than we realise. The perceived superiority of those whom society considers "creatives" tends to smother ingenuity and originality ... I sometimes wonder whether our world is filled with people carrying all this repressed creativity ...
Why? I think it's fear. "Creatives" poo-poo everyone else's attempts to create because they fear competition .. and the rest of us fear creating because we feel we can't compete ... it needs to stop.
Maybe we think of "being creative" in an insufficient way .. kind of like it's a genre or personality type ... rather than a basic, yet beautiful, function of what it is to be a human being. Maybe being creative is a state of being human. We're designed in such a way that creating should be a natural expression of who we are ... musicians ... students ... parents ... accountants ... doctors ... art is in all of us in some form.
My hope is that more of us can overcome our fear and unblock the undiscovered flow of creativity that remains within ... realising that "nobody's creative, everyone is."
For a great definition of art, check Seth Godin's blog