@The Pentacle Queen,
How does talent represent a hierarchy that obstructs people from expressing themselves?
You like the idea that anyone can express themselves and so they can...with or without a great deal of talent.
Not everyone who expresses themselves can make a living at it, nor will they all be taken seriously, and only a very few of them will produce works that others will enjoy or value.
I fail to see a rational quandry, and shudder to think of what might be considered a solution for the irrational one.