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Monday, August 22, 2005


I've been "away" for a while, working on my companion blog, about NASA and the Space Shuttle, and so on.

During this experience and in other areas of my life, I've been grappling with the idea of originality. I realize in an atomic way, my actions and thoughts and so on are unique and original: no one else has the same thoughts and actions in this moment in time as I do, and is therefore original.

This does not really satisfy, however, because thought concepts about what I think about already exist, or other people are better at it than I am. Example:

Throughout my space blog, I starting thinking of space advocacy groups and discovered there already is one. I also thought I was creating a cool blog, but there's other sites that are devoted to space with much more detail and resource than me.

So, what am I contributing? Yes, it's my unique perspective on it all, but how does that further the cause or how does that benefit anyone? For me, it's expression of writing what I experience and hopefully inspiring others (and myself).

Oh well. Here I am again, a new post, a new day, a return to blogger. Let's see what happens.


Marius said...

I suppose stating that I have had the same thoughts on occasion would only serve to further push you into the doldrums, but hang in there. Your optimism and forward looking attitude are a refreshing break to those of us who live in a perpetual fog of disillusionment and disappointment at what this world has become. I keep hoping that your steadfast belief in NASA will infect me, and you have definately raised my feelings on them considerably. There is a wonderful forward to a collection of Arthur C. Clarke stories that I have, alas still entombed in cardboard, in which he tells of his own struggles with that hydra 'originality'. To sum it up, he said he finally figured out that it is virtually impossible to be truly original. Focus, instead, on saying what you have to say well. The rest will take care of itself.
You have nothing to worry about.

SumariMike said...

Thanks, Marius... that actually helps. Apparently hearing encouragment from "strangers" helps more than from family and friends. :)

Clarke was right! And, perhaps you are as well.