Empty Days

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Originality and mimicry


For a long time I've been confused into believing that striving for originality was the best way to avoid getting sucked in by the gyrating movement of the world at large.

It seemed so obvious. It wasn't. I deeply regret so many lost years spent in the pursuit of this *bad dream*.

Originality cannot be a goal - for it is best achieved through mimicry. The poor individual is only real as long as he is absorbing and vomiting out all sorts of influences, which, in the last account, are his only true connection to life. Self-expression is fatally dependent on the art of imitation. Absent this, a void remains. A death-wish.







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