How one small mental shift hundreds of years ago is actually still screwing us over

The way we think about creativity changed hundreds of years ago. How?


Ever notice that we tend to treat creative people as not only unimaginably talented but also as fragile and unstable? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love," knows this all too well. And she's got a few ideas about how we ought to be doing things instead.

At 1:02, hear some of the hilarious (and discouraging) things people have said to her since her book made it big. Stick around to 6:18 to hear about the neat way ancient Greeks and Romans thought about creativity. And for the kicker — when the Renaissance hit and everything went bonkers — skip on over to 7:52.

Shocking footage taken in Alpharetta, Georgia last Thursday shows a mother relaxing by a pool while her two sons play in the water. The scene quickly changes from fun to frightening when one son warns her about a tree about to fall on her.

"I was sitting at the pool relaxing and reading a book while watching my two sons swim, when I heard a tree cracking and then my son yelled 'Run mom!' so I bolted out of my chair right before a huge tree fell right on the chair I was sitting on," the mother said, according to Viral Hog.

"Our home security camera captured the whole thing!"

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