The Prodigies (The Child Kings)

This the title of a novel written by Lenteric. It’s now on my « to read list » and will soon be in movie theaters .

Skipping critics about the movie to come I just recall the following : once again gifted cannot but be prodigies. And prodigies must be used. They have no choice but be used, living for others and not simply for themselves. In my opinion this vision of the gifted is very productivist and not at all sustainable.

This reminds me the series Kyle XY in which two gifted teens are opposed : one (the sustainable vision) is allowed to leave and experiment his feelings, his inner nature and his (good ! he’s the hero !) drives which he learns to control in order not to show them too much off – this one is socially very well adapted ; the other one (the productivist vision), is driven to have her exceptional abilities boosted til she reaches her limits (and endangers her health), her huge need of social integration is used to manipulate her so that she’s also driven to act badly (it’s normal : she’s the bad one).

Question and comment at the same time :

– a gifted one is integrated if carrying on linearity

– a gifted one is not integrated if carrying break up

Any society is, by definition, homéostatic (constantly looking for the equilibrium so that every one’s well being is guaranteed). In other words « Above all : change nothing ! » or « Above all : cause no stir ! » (NB : I agree that a society based on anarchy, without any rules cannot work – and suggest the reading of a Jules Verne’s rather neglected novel called Magellania (in French « Les Naufragés du Jonathan »)

…  A gifted one is inquisitive, investigative, creative, inventive. By the way he/she is also a moaner, a protester, an objector, an opponent, a free thinker and free spirit…. He/she is by definition anti-homéostasis. He/she can’t but live unbalanced, in fact move forward.

He /she can be fully him/her-self only when a problem, a dead end, a crisis occurs and that changing the angle of vision, the way of thinking over become necessary to weather the storm… but this doesn’t occur permanently (and fortunately in some respects !)

To me this way of permanently moving forward highlights Richard Florida’s works with his « Raise of the Creative Class », in a society based on innovation competition which requires talents.

But… is this a society which goes on linearly in straight line of the way it has been running for over a century now ? Or is it a breaking up society because so many markers have changed and drive to also change the way of thinking over ?

Well… anyhow, I think I’ll go read the book and see the movie.

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One thought on “The Prodigies (The Child Kings)

  1. Ca me fait penser à ce court article, écrit pour un dossier sur “l’art et la ville”, dont la conclusion était la suivante :
    “La création artistique est de plus en plus présente au cœur de la ville, et la culture apparaît comme un facteur clé de régénération urbaine. Cela interroge sur la fonction et les limites qui leur sont réellement assignées. Au-delà de la production d’imaginaire urbain ou de la valorisation institutionnelle et patrimoniale, jusqu’où, dans la conception même de la ville et de l’espace public, les différents acteurs concernés (urbanistes, aménageurs, politiques…) sont-ils prêts à prendre en compte l’intervention, par nature déstabilisatrice, de la création artistique ?”

    C’est finalement un peu la même chose : on accepte et/ou on fait appel à l’intervention artistique ou culturelle dès lors qu’elle est au service d’un objectif et qu’elle reste dans le cadre, et qu’on peut l’instrumentaliser; mais dès lors qu’elle sort du cadre, qu’elle est en rupture, on ne l’accepte plus ou on la marginalise.
    C’est pourtant l’essence même de l’artiste que de sortir ou d’inventer de nouveaux cadres, d’être en rupture. Tout comme “le surdoué”.

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