Absolutely, in a variety of ways. The simplest is one cannot create if one does not have the tools to create. A child born into rural poverty will likely never become a world famous violin composer simply because the odds of him/her having access to a violin are much lower. Without kindling, the spark will never become fire. Other factors come into play as well. My uncle didn’t discover his love of sewing and creating costumes until he was in his forties, as when he was a child his father didn’t want him to be a ‘sissy’. I did not discover my love of creating computer programs until my late teens because when I was a younger, the technology wasn’t really available. Technology is causing some arts to fall by the wayside, such as calligraphy, but at the same time allowing other forms of art to be more accessible. Instead of having to find an instructor to teach guitar, I was able to download some lessons onto an iPod for my niece to try. Crippled hands no longer impede my mother in law’s love of writing, she just now uses a text to speech program.
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