True Creators Are Pirates Too

I didn’t invent one single word in this sentence. Or this one. This one too.

In fact, you could say I pirated all these words and I am currently parading them as my own.

But do not be fooled, my dear, intelligent reader.

I know better.

Anthropologists argue that we became “humanity” when we learned to communicate with each other. It was a long and arduous journey, from pre-literate hominids to Homo Sapiens equipped with spoken and written language. But we made it.

Anyone who can speak or read or write is simply piggy-backing on the minds of the people who came before us.

Again, these are not my words. They were always our words.
Words are a system.

In a way, words are our DNA. Our source code for being human. This means they are innate.

Do not panic when someone rips your sentence structure. The elements were never yours to begin with. You only chose pre-existing symbols and re-arranged them in a seemingly novel way.

This means the future will be full of remixed songs we’ve heard a thousand times being flaunted as new. This means many people will copy and paste your particular word-arrangements into their status boxes like it was their big idea.

That’s fine. If the best people can do is steal and claim it as their own, so be it.

True creators understand it’s not the particular wording of an idea that matters.
It’s the idea itself that is important. In the future, with the help of these advanced copy-making machines called computers, sentences will be stolen all the time.

Words and DNA are both gifts. They were given to you. It would be absurd if you claimed you invented your own DNA. So, why do we let people claim words?

Unless, of course, you actually did invent a word. Then, I want to thank you for adding another code to our ever-elongating strand of DNA. The real DNA that makes us humans.

Of course, I’m talking about words.


About Blog Boss

Jim MacKenzie and Sarah Giavedoni are the creators of the blogs Stuff Monsters Like, the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight, and more. When they are not blogging, they are devoted to managing the Asheville Blogger Society, watching movies, running a completely unrelated nonprofit, and making money at their paid employment.
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