Divine Idea by Fabian Kruse
Imitation is Suicide. Insist on yourself; never imitate. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write down in which areas of your life you have to overcome these suicidal tendencies of imitation, and how you can transform them into a newborn you – one that doesn’t hide its uniqueness, but thrives on it. There is a “divine idea which each of us represents” – which is yours?
To overcome imitation tendencies we need to look inside ourselves and search for the argument that makes more sense. We have to take reasonable thought and spice it with imagination. Each one of us sees life in a certain way, and it’s the jumble of our thoughts and opinions that will produce something original.
We may not see it first, we may think that invention is always knowledge based and it should be, but that extra spice that we put in everything we do, our personal opinions will take something old into something new.
Our individuality is the fuel to overcome imitation tendencies. The imitation free creation process: revise your facts, consider your opinion, add right and wrong beliefs and use your heart.
In those situations that we don’t have an opinion what should we do? Gather information, select what resonates with your beliefs and add what you feel about it. This way we would never be able to imitate, because even thou feelings and thoughts are similar to all of us, we can’t rationally command what we feel about something.
Do I do this? Blindly oblige? Imitating? Every day I can’t seem to shake the feeling that if I agreed more with others that my life would be simpler. But I also know that I would feel miserable for being pressured to bend to others whims and wills. Instead of being miserable because I don’t.
If there’s pressure doesn’t mean that they’re right, means that they don’t care if they are wrong. If it would be a better choice to go this way, I won’t go that way just because you tell me to. It has to make sense to me. Choices are made when in possession of all facts, not just because someone wants it their way. Accommodating to reality is imitating and everyone who doesn’t fit the mold is happily discarded from the assembly line.
Some may call it stubbornness, I call it free thinking.
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