Nothing is original

by You Have My Word

Let me play the devil’s advocate by saying that no content is original.

I blog regularly, and I like to think that what I write is my own idea – my own “ah ha” moments. I know we serve a limitless, creative, unfathomable God who created us as individuals, so we must have some original thought somewhere along the line.

At the same time, I struggle to believe that this ideology is true. It’s hard to believe that within the six billion (plus) people on this planet, I could possibly have a thought that no one else has had before. I’m not saying it’s impossible; I’m saying it’s unlikely.

Another reason why it’s hard for me to believe that my thoughts are original is because we have been around for a good 5,000 (plus) years. [No, not 200 billion like scientists claim.] So much time, inhabited by so many people is bound to have a limited thought span that covers pretty much everything!

The idea of no originality is a little disheartening for a writer. What’s the point of writing if people have read it all before? Just try Google a title from one of your own blog posts (or someone else’s) and see how many people have already covered that topic or idea. Do we even need to copyright our work if it’s already out there?

I find a lot of the time too, that I’m inspired by things I’ve read or heard or seen or experienced. So, even if my thoughts are original, they are only a product of another thought process – that’s already been experienced. I’m going in circles, I know.

I will, however, continue to write. Maybe one day I’ll be able to share something with you that’s never crossed your mind before. Until then, I’ll settle with stirring thoughts that have always been in your head and just needed to be coaxed out.

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