unoriginality

May 16th, 2011 by ben Leave a reply »

Originality. We are taught in our childhood that everyone is special (feel free to sing along). We each have our own place in the world and our uniqueness is precious. It’s also what much of the motivation behind religious belief centers on. Jesus loves you, God loves you, God has his place for you in the world or something, and all You have to Do is Believe in Him. Gratuitous capitalization intended.

I’ve been thinking about how unoriginal everything in each of our lives is. Mainly stemming from the extremely unoriginal idea of entrepreneurship. Ideas don’t get much more unoriginal than that. People were trading furs and pebbles long before the wheel was invented. I’m sure some cool dude set up a little clearing in the jungle to display his wares, and that dude was the world’s very first entrepreneur.

How many people, unsatisfied with their lives of teacher torture, or pointy-haired-boss torture, or professor torture, or landlord-asking-for-rent torture, sit in their cubicles/dorms/bedrooms/apartments dreaming of formulating an idea, putting it to practice, and being your own boss? Its simplicity is what makes it so attractive, especially in America, what with our Dream and all.

It’s just how… naive we are. Me. Am. Is. No, that’s still not right.

By the way, I’m sitting in El Pollo Loco after the long, pointless Physics Team meeting waiting for the long, pointless Symphony Orchestra rehearsal at 6pm. Just thought you’d like to know that.

For your info, I have a narrative essay to write, a short story presentation to create and present, three weeks of math homework to finish, years worth of college physics material to self-study, clothing and such to pack, spam filters to set up on Reverie, a Math Team captain election speech to prepare and deliver, three concerts in the morning on Wednesday and one more long concert at night in stuffy concert attire, an interview by APN to deal with, four hours of volunteer shift to work on Thursday night…

Luckily I finished my compsci project and my chem lab today. Whew. At the rate of two items per day… okay, I’m not going to finish in time before my flight on Friday morning.

Especially since I have completely no free time on Wednesday due to the conveniently-scheduled concerts. Or Thursday due to my Methodist session. Not that I had any free time today, really, either (due to three-hour rehearsal, two-hour physics team meeting, and ortho appointment). Oh yeah, speaking of ortho appointment… I desperately wanted my braces off for camp. Even if it doesn’t impair my speaking abilities (which it does), it seriously undermines my self-confidence. I’m going to be going to a camp with the 19 other VERY BEST high school students in the nation. I really don’t want to be wearing lame braces, with FOUR. CROSSOVERED. ELASTICS. Crap. I couldn’t get my orthodontist to take them off before Friday. Crap.

The other unoriginal goal I was thinking about today (they mostly regard careers as that’s what’s been in my mind recently) was studying finance — playing with money. It’s another extremely popular career choice for youngsters — the latest fad, it seems, after watching the US economy collapse and all those Wall Street con-men get away with all the money. People think it’s an easy get-rich-quick scheme — one year on the job, and then millions of green paper to backstroke through on your way to your private villa by yacht.

It’s 11:59; if I don’t click Publish now it won’t count as today’s post, so we’ll have to end here.

This is going to be a horrible week. Yet, hopefully, it will also be the start of something spectacular.

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3 comments

  1. k says:

     We are taught in our childhood that everyone is special (feel free to sing along).

    There’s a song for this?

    It’s also what much of the motivation behind religious belief centers on. Jesus loves you, God loves you, God has his place for you in the world or something, and all You have to Do is Believe in Him. Gratuitous capitalization intended.

    lol.

    I’ve been thinking about how unoriginal everything in each of our lives is. Mainly stemming from the extremely unoriginal idea of entrepreneurship. Ideas don’t get much more unoriginal than that.

    Well, yeah, because it’s an idea that ust makes sense and works, lol. It’s very difficult/impossible to come up with something totally original. It’s like with alien movies. The aliens are always in some way based off something we know, they’re modeled after animals or humans, just deformed or whatever. Extraterrestrial life, if it exists, might totally not fit in with the laws of nature as we know them, but it’s impossible to depict something like that for a movie, because how can you create something you don’t know of?

    Idk if that metaphor/analogy works or not, but yeah, nothing’s original in the world.

    Its simplicity is what makes it so attractive, especially in America, what with our Dream and all.

    It’s just how… naive we are. Me. Am. Is. No, that’s still not right

    Naive? Yeah, I guess, but if it works, it’s still much better than the aforementiond torture.

    an interview by APN to deal with

    I’ll be looking forward to watching that.

    Oh yeah, speaking of ortho appointment… I desperately wanted my braces off for camp. Even if it doesn’t impair my speaking abilities (which it does), it seriously undermines my self-confidence. I’m going to be going to a camp with the 19 other VERY BEST high school students in the nation. I really don’t want to be wearing lame braces, with FOUR. CROSSOVERED. ELASTICS.

    Yeah, I hated the braces when I had them, for both of those reasons. And I didn’t even wear the elastics in the front that were visible. And even know, I don’t wear my retainer to school, even  though people can’t see it, because it impairs my speking.

    But yeah, don’t worry, all those nerds you’ll be dealing with probably don’t care much about appearence.

    The other unoriginal goal I was thinking about today (they mostly regard careers as that’s what’s been in my mind recently) was studying finance — playing with money. It’s another extremely popular career choice for youngsters — the latest fad, it seems, after watching the US economy collapse and all those Wall Street con-men get away with all the money. People think it’s an easy get-rich-quick scheme — one year on the job, and then millions of green paper to backstroke through on your way to your private villa by yacht.

    Well, it’s not really just a new trend, I remember reading something about the 1987 movie Wall Street, which was supposed to depict how ruthless and disgusting all those finance guys were. But instead, a lot of people were inspired by it, and wanted to become totally immoral but rich like the main character.

    But yeah, I guess now it’s being kindled again by how all the rich finance guys are getting richer in today’s society. Even my dad was saying something like, “Well, if you don’t really know what you want to do, maybe you should try finance, so you can get rich.”

  2. Benji says:

    There’s a song for this?

    There’s a Barney song for everything. If not Barney, then some other educational lyrical tune.

    I miss singing songs in elementary school.

    lol.

    I tend to refrain from poking fun at religion, but meh it was funny lol

    Well, yeah, because it’s an idea that ust makes sense and works, lol. It’s very difficult/impossible to come up with something totally original. It’s like with alien movies. The aliens are always in some way based off something we know, they’re modeled after animals or humans, just deformed or whatever. Extraterrestrial life, if it exists, might totally not fit in with the laws of nature as we know them, but it’s impossible to depict something like that for a movie, because how can you create something you don’t know of?

    Idk if that metaphor/analogy works or not, but yeah, nothing’s original in the world.

    yes but some things are rarer than others. “startups” are not original at all, despite the point of a startup — the FOUNDATION of small business: the “idea”, an “original” plan to make money.

    It’s funny how something whose point was an original idea… is such an unoriginal idea itself. Irony. Love it.

    Yeah, I should’ve made that point clear in the actual post.

    I’ll be looking forward to watching that.

    thinking of turning them down actually.

    Yeah, I hated the braces when I had them, for both of those reasons. And I didn’t even wear the elastics in the front that were visible. And even know, I don’t wear my retainer to school, even  though people can’t see it, because it impairs my speking.

    But yeah, don’t worry, all those nerds you’ll be dealing with probably don’t care much about appearence.

    nope, they’re all beautiful bastards.

    So socially talented it’s almost criminal. Could talk a car dealer into buying a bicycle.

    Most certainly can deliver flawless research talks and execute perfect interviews.

    Well, it’s not really just a new trend, I remember reading something about the 1987 movie Wall Street, which was supposed to depict how ruthless and disgusting all those finance guys were. But instead, a lot of people were inspired by it, and wanted to become totally immoral but rich like the main character.

    But yeah, I guess now it’s being kindled again by how all the rich finance guys are getting richer in today’s society. Even my dad was saying something like, “Well, if you don’t really know what you want to do, maybe you should try finance, so you can get rich.”

    Yes, that’s exactly what’s going on now. People look at those immoral filthy rich people, and instead of being disgusted or whatever the appropriate reaction is, they look up to them.

    This world is cool in a lot of ways.

  3. k says:

    There’s a Barney song for everything. If not Barney, then some other educational lyrical tune.

    Hm, maybe Mr. Rogers.

    I tend to refrain from poking fun at religion, but meh it was funny lol

    lol, well, I probably poke fun at religion too often. Well, too often in a society like this, I guess.

    yes but some things are rarer than others. “startups” are not original at all, despite the point of a startup — the FOUNDATION of small business: the “idea”, an “original” plan to make money.

    It’s funny how something whose point was an original idea… is such an unoriginal idea itself. Irony. Love it.

    Well, again, it’s not like you can do much else other than something like a startup or another existing thing. Originality is unoriginal.

    thinking of turning them down actually.

    Why, it’s not like they can totally change what you say like the Pow Wow does.

    nope, they’re all beautiful bastards.

    So socially talented it’s almost criminal. Could talk a car dealer into buying a bicycle.

    Most certainly can deliver flawless research talks and execute perfect interviews.

    I don’t care how well they’ve been coached to give a speech like they’re “supposed” to, they all still look like arrogant, not socially assimilated, douchebags to me, and probably to other people too. Well, not all of them. But most.

    Yes, that’s exactly what’s going on now. People look at those immoral filthy rich people, and instead of being disgusted or whatever the appropriate reaction is, they look up to them.

    This world is cool in a lot of ways.

    Yeah…

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