love the first five words of John's statement.
"You were born an original." Nothing could
be more true--each of us was born a completely unique
human being, with our own thoughts, feelings, looks,
ideas, abilities, tastes, desires, hopes, interests. . .
it's a very long list of qualities that are completely
unique to us. Somewhere along the line, though, it
becomes attractive to us to "borrow" tastes from
others, to "borrow" interests and ideas--even
looks and feelings and thoughts, too.
of the main problems behind our current political crises is
that people want others to believe just as they do, to judge
exactly as they do, and so we have masses of people who are
claiming to believe the exact same things, even though the
chances of that are pretty slim, indeed. As a high
school teacher, I watch the process begin as kids adopt (or
reject) their parents' belief systems without ever
questioning whether or not they truly believe or don't
believe the ideas and ideals that they're espousing or
can recognize many people who are becoming or who have
become copies by the clothes that they wear. When we
hear certain words, we know that a person is simply
repeating what he or she heard from someone else.
important that we encourage people to sincerely search out
and trust their own uniqueness--starting with
ourselves. Do I buy something or say something because
I think that people will like me more or accept me more if I
buy it or say it? If so, then I'm on the road to being
a copy, for I'm not honoring my own tastes. Of course,
the marketers want me to be a copy since they'll make more
money from me that way, but I'm not on this planet to please
the marketers, am I?
You are an original--one of a kind. Simply and
truly. Live in accordance with that truth, and you'll
create a value in this world that is without compare.