I will talk about the apprenticeship model of talent (also called the martial arts model of talent). I will discuss how it is different from and superior to the lone genius model of talent.
The apprenticeship model is based on a master and an apprentice. The master teaches the apprentice a skill by first making the apprentice copy the master, then pouring the spiritual energy (the talent) from the master into the apprentice to help the apprentice carry on the master's teachings. This is based on the metaphysical model of the portability of talent, with talent itself being contained in spiritual energy that flows through the master into the apprentice.
The lone genius model is based on a single practitioner of an art form who gets ideas without help from any person or source, including spirit. The creator depends on no support system and is thus only a benefactor. This turns the creator into God. Everyone outside of the creator is merely part of the audience, receiving the generous gifts of the creator and worshiping the creator as God. This produces the Cult of the Personality. Once the creator dies, the creator's gifts and talents die with him or her.
The apprenticeship model appeals autocratic at first, but it is really democratic and egalitarian. The lone genius model appears democratic and egalitarian at first, but it is really autocratic and is the basis of celebrity worship, kingdoms, and empires.
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