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Yes, I Admit. I Practice Plagiarism

“I ran out of resources and it left me no choice”

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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.

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  1. kank268

    On December 10, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Nice post
    thanks for share

  2. RBB1010

    On December 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Good post, and very’s hard to keep ownership I agree, but hopefully every person will share from deep within their own selves, because that is what is beautiful about each person.They may think similar to others, but there’s always just a little difference…God made us that way..appreciate this writing, good share.

  3. KittyK

    On December 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Sad that people think it is “okay” to cheat and steals as plagiarism is exactly that…

  4. Tiki33

    On December 11, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I’d rather come up with my own ideas.

  5. pruelpo

    On December 11, 2012 at 12:43 am

    What if I said that all writers are plagiarists – would you come up to support it? I liked you thought dude. Very good.

  6. Lynn Proctor

    On December 21, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Ideas, unless they are cutting-edge science, are not new. If you can think it, many other people already have, and many have written about it. What bothers me is not the “stealing” of ideas, but the stealing of articles, word for word. For articles are unique in their format, and even though they might all be on the exact same topic, you will not find a duplicate. Like fingerprints. That, to me, is plagiarism. Ideas are another story altogether, and I believe that no one owns ideas, unless they are manifested and patented to protect them. Anything less than that I feel we should spread ideas and in this way, help each other, the earth, and whatever else. A unique idea, held captive under a bell jar helps no one. It is a selfish act, if by letting it go, it could help others. Ideas, like money, are to be shared.

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