“I ran out of resources and it left me no choice”
Photo Source: Mr. Julius Cea https://www.facebook.com/julius.cea.1/photos
I have known my friend as a gifted person. His ideas and undertakings are exceptional that led him to a leader that he is now. He is a Councillor in our Barangay. I’ve read his writings ever since we were editors of our school newspaper. He is the master of his own craft, and knows what he is and isn’t good at. I know he does not copy others’ work.
Never in my mind that I would imagine him to be the person who would say these exact words, “Yes, I admit. I practice plagiarism, if that is how you call it.” He sounded as if nothing was really wrong with it considering that he is a seasoned writer. The only thing I was thinking back then was “I am not talking to my friend anymore but to a derailed person who lost sense of direction.” “Plagiarism, Why and how do you do that?” I clarified. And he enumerated without hesitation:
1. Nobody owns anything in this world. Our ideas are based on Earth if not from God. Your bright ideas and my smart ideas will all end up as good contributions to our sons and daughters and I am quite sure about that so just be happy about it. Gone are the days that I seek recognition as I will not appreciate them anyway when I am dead. What matters is that I served as a bridge to transport a bright idea from its creator to somebody who is seeking it.
2. If I have all these original ideas, I’d use it to fill the empty space. But the bad news is even if I spend my life trying; I can’t add or deduct anything on Earth because everything is already here and will always be here. It’s just that our mind is so hungry to always look for what is beyond what our eyes can see and demand recognition if he finds it first. A total non-sense.
3. I choose to consume my time sharing ideas rather than seeking ownership of ideas because for me it is the absolute purpose of why bright ideas enter the mind- to share it, use it.