"when too many people know too much about you, it actually makes us all a lot more boring, because you're afraid to express yourself." http://n.pr/2fEIPpn
"The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.
It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down - sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.
At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing. But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward."
— Terence McKenna
Is there a difference between someone stealing a potato from your farm and someone stealing your idea?
Well, if everyone in town comes and takes a potato, your farm is bust.
But if everyone in town comes and takes your idea, you’re more known, trusted and effective than you used to be.
During Google’s beginnings, their business and tech plan was available to anyone who stopped by Stanford and bothered to read it. Every popular podcast based on an original idea gave away that original idea the moment the first episode of the podcast was available–long before the podcast itself became popular.
When I was a book packager, we ended up publishing about 120 books and pitching another 1,000 that were never published. In all of that time, I can only remember one of our ideas (it was a big one) being stolen from us and published without our participation. That code of ethics created a feeling of intellectual safety. But, at the same time, it was our successful books that were copied the most–and that copying was not just a symptom but often a cause of their success.
The internet is a copying machine. Ideas morph and change and spin as they move from one end to the other. Ripping ideas off wholesale and violating intellectual property rights is nothing to be proud of–each of us can do better than that. But holding ideas too tightly in fear of the ripples and echoes they’re going to cause is the real problem.
Being original is an opportunity to advance the conversation. Building something of utility with persistence and grace is truly generous, though, and it’s not related to whether or not anyone has ever heard your idea before.
"Knowledge advances step-by-step. Curiosity retraces all past steps and illuminates all future steps."
— Ahmed Salman
These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
“The algorithm is dangerous because it takes away from your creative viewing. I think you have to make up your own mind about creative viewing,” Martin Scorsese on https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/01/martin-scorsese-streaming-algorithms-moviegoers
"Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence."
"We believe luxury isn’t about spending the most money, it’s about having what no one else does." F.E. Castleberry Manifesto