“For substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources” -Mark Twain
Unconsciously, I’ve had these feelings since high school. My passion has always been fueled by the idea that, “Someone else will do this if I don’t.” Through age and experience, it’s astonishing when you realize that everything is a remix.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something.” -Steve Jobs
The fact that genius designers, artists, engineers all understood this makes me feel incredibly anxious that the human mind is unable to produce something truly genuine. At the same time it’s comforting - we all have the ability to connect the dots. We are just a collective consciousness. For me, it’s the same feeling we get when thinking about the vastness of space.
“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” -Salvador Dalí
This infographic sums it up, too.