Self expression is the soul of art. It is not technique and it is not popularity. Art is the expression of the self.
This is not as easy as it seems for we spend the first twenty-two years of our lives gaining control and learning to conform. And then along comes a family and we spend the next twenty-two years teaching our children control and conformity. And by then we are in our fifties or sixties and it is too late.
This is rather cruel, for our prosperous societies make a fetish of creativity. Creativity is a good thing, we are told. We should all be creative. And so large numbers now go to creative writing classes in Community Colleges and even universities.
But no matter how many attend, no more creative writing is produced than before.
So creative writing classes are deceptive cruelty for profit.
What is amazing is how rare creativity is. Rather than all of us being creative, the creative are few.
And this is because after struggling for twenty-two years to learn control and conformity we are not, under any circumstances, going to give up the gains we have made. Instead we choose to act out on our children. Our children don't know any better and we can vomit up all the control and conformity over our children. Children are therapy for those whose lives have been constricted by control and conformity. And it works - parents love their children, they simply dote on them. They love them so much we must have laws against nepotism.
But there is no need to have laws against creative self expression because we don't want it.