Out of the 2 hits my blog
got this year, one happy surfer asked if i
copied my last post from somewhere else.
good question and good topic: Originality.
being completely unoriginal myself, i'll first
state the dictionary's definition of originality:
The ability to think and act independently.
Sounds simple enough, but who among us can
possibly call ourselves original? He who says
he is original obviously isn't, and he knows
he is not original certainly is.
But what the hell does that mean? Is it some
fancy quote that I pulled off of a website
in order to impress the 2 visitors per month
i have on my blog? Or is this in and of itself
an original statement that as it enters your
mind and you judge it inevitably ceases to
The only thing in life that can possibly be
original is Wisdom. Everything else is relative
and therefore, based on previous knowledge
and experience. But what is Wisdom?
In English like in every other language, every
word is open to personal interpretation and
bias depending on differences in experience.
In example, the word Love means very different
things to different people. Love was originally
meant as sacrifice of self for someone or
some thing or cause that the person or subject
was relating to, but now Love is inextricably
tangled up with Romance and Sex, which are
obviously not about sacrifice, but about selfish
want and desire.
Understanding, Knowledge and Wisdom have all
gone through the dumbing down of the general
consensus and have now become confused and
Let's start with Understanding:
Feel free to look it up in the dictionary,
but a general explanation is that UNDERSTANDING
is THOUGHT about something without having
direct EXPERIENCE with that thing. It is only
UNDERSTOOD, not KNOWN.
which leads to Knowledge:
KNOWLEDGE then, is THOUGH based on direct
EXPERIENCE, nothing more.
and finally Wisdom, which undoubtabely is
the least UNDERSTOOD:
WISDOM is awareness outside of the realm of
THOUGHT. The closest word for this realm in
English would be Intuition, but that doesn't
quite do it justice as well as words from
Asian languages describe it.
So now, let's come back to our topic of Originality.
Anything that is merely understood, cannot
be original, because it is completely based
on the understanding, knowledge or wisdom
Anything that is known, cannot be original,
because the makeup (the totality) of the knower
is based on previous understandings and previous
Wisdom then is the only area that can be termed
completely original, simply because it is
not based on previous thoughts without direct
experience (Understanding) nor is it based
on previous direct experience (Knowledge).
Which brings us to Creativity.
Anyone who has ever played a musical instrument
can attest to the fact that when things are
really flowing, when the music, when the sound
seems to play your fingers rather than your
fingers playing the sound, THAT MOMENT is
completely original! There is no thought in
those moments, there is no analyzation of
the past (Did it sound right??), there is
no planning of the future (I'm going to mess
up!?), there is only the NOW, that eternal
moment when all things cease to exist but
what IS. And THAT is original.
My previous blog about blogging was meant
more for me than for other readers. Just as
this is blog is. For readers, whether I copied
that blog or not isn't really important. What
could be important if the reader can truly
take to heart the words that are read, is
the tapping into that part of yourself that
recognizes these words to be true and then
pushes you toward action, whatever that may
be. That's why I write and that's why I get
out of my own writing.
For all the crazy UNDERSTANDINGS and KNOWLEDGE
that we've been spoon-fed since the beginning
of our lives, there is a limitless wellspring
of WISDOM and ORIGINALITY that dwells within
each of us; it is only a matter of tapping
that well to bring forth it's riches and revivify
our own lives. And in the process, we might
just have an impact on those lives around