reply to post by sulaw
Sorry for the late reply. Despite all evidence to the contrary, I do have a life.
Just to go a step furter. Where did your OP come from? Was it an Original thought? Or did you derive that post from knowledge aquired?
Thanks for the questions. It got me thinking.
Allow me to ramble in pretentious fashion...
The OP came from me. I wrote the words under my guidance, with my desires and in my language. I spent time pondering it, comparing it to matters of
experience, and followed the trains of logic wherever it was required. I conceived of an audience, considered the rhetoric needed to reach them, and
wrote for them. Hence, we must say it came from my thinking.
But, as you were correct to point out, I can see fragments of others in my writing. I recognize every influence in my words, from my favourite authors
to my favourite thinkers, my education, my family and whoever I hold dear and respect. Although I feel I write from myself, I am a novice, and perhaps
prone to influence from greater writers, some even on this board. "Influence" is another word for mastery, supremacy, power. Your words influenced
me, forced me to follow another train of thought. The power of rhetoric. I think that it is safe to say that a varying amount of influence of culture
speaks through each of us. Hence, we can also say the OP came from the thinking of others.
However, this isn’t entirely true. No matter what impression we receive from the thoughts of others, we are sovereign over them from the moment we
sense them; they are in our
territory now. I think we can agree that this is when our own thinking comes into play. This is where we should be
rather than obedient. A wolf not a sheep. We should be entirely critical, and treat the ideas of others as we would a parasite.
There's nothing wrong with doing so.
Being critical is what the great minds have done. They've always gone against the flow of their age, thought for themselves, and the result is the
most beautiful art. Their thoughts become original, they generate insights rather than regurgitate them, and the way they express it advances the
species and moves minds forward. Are we not capable of the same?
We should realize that everything expressed in language is interpretation
of fact, not fact itself. If anyone is capable of interpreting the
world, we should enjoy this freedom. Here in our impression and expression, no one is an authority over another unless he submits rather than defends.
It becomes a question of creativity. Like the great prophets, the great philosophers, the great artists, one should always create and become his
ideal rather than the ideal of someone else.
And now I'm preaching—what amounts to a confession of fears. We at least understand the need to express our interpretations; it opens up more
questions, leads us closer to whatever we are searching for, whatever we are building.
Imagining an entire race of free-thinkers in a species that displays the characteristics of a herd is inconceivable; but maybe it isn’t a complete
loss, because although truth and knowledge is merely interpretation and metaphor, the methods through which they are reached and expressed are
available to everyone. That's the best part about it.
In my opinion.