Very interesting. If you steal from one person it is plagiarism, but if you steal from many it is research. Throw creative thinking in the mix and you now have a legal piece of writing, or do you? Just how much of most of our writings can be considered original? Where do our thoughts spring from? Are songwriters ever subliminally copying from other tunes they have heard? Many lawsuits and court decisions say yep, they sure do and sometimes not so subliminally. Do speech writers gather ideas from other famous speeches, of course they do. Remember John Kennedy’s famous quote in his inaugural speech, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Well while Kennedy was graduating from Harvard the Dean’s speech included this remark, “Ask not what Harvard can do for you, but rather what you can do for Harvard.” Do science fiction writers steal ideas from other science fiction writers? Did Copernicus steal ideas from Ptolemny? I suppose the question I’m getting at is, ‘Does man ever have an original thought?’ Are we told that there is a God, therefore we believe. Are skeptics the only true critical thinkers?
I guess all I /we can do as wordpress bloggers is to keep the interesting things flowing from wherever they come. Hopefully my thoughts that I choose to put down are somewhat unique and entertaining, creative concepts. We all must be doing something, so why not this…..