Something to Think About ‘Originality’

Can you imagine a new colour? Something no one has ever seen before? Nothing is original. We can only take one thing and expand on it, piecing it together with other things to make it different. We can’t create a new colour. We can’t comprehend something like that. We can only take what has already been created, what has already been seen.

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We say certain animals only see in certain colours. If that is correct and we were suddenly able to give those animals the ability to see the colours we see, they would be baffled, confused, amazed, they would have never seen anything like it. But what if it were the other way around? What if we say they can only see in certain colours because we can’t interpret the colours in any other way? What if animals can see in millions of colours that we don’t know exist? We can’t even begin to imagine a ‘new’ colour. Every colour we imagine is something we have seen before. We can’t comprehend the idea of a colour that doesn’t exist on our colour wheel. It’s too confusing.

This goes for everything we create in our minds and the fantasies we make up.

Every movie. Every drawing. Every animation.

Even the thought that there is other life out there: Aliens. Anything created about aliens has been taken from the world around us and pieced together to create something unrecognisable. But if we really did have aliens, maybe they wouldn’t have the same substances in their bodies as us, or any other substance on earth. And they might not have the same type of skeletal frame or the same need to eat and breathe. But we can only imagine things from the millions of pieces in our minds that we have taken from the plants, the trees, the animals, the things that we have seen.

Although we may not be able to create something truly original, we can continue to create and inspire and expand on the things we know and that is just as amazing.


I would like to point out that this blog is completely my opinion. I’d like to hear what other people think about ‘originality’ so please comment your thoughts.



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