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by Edmond Ng 
06/16/05
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We reap what we sow and we write what we read. That is why our writings are seldom original. Much of our thoughts are built from what we know through reading. Our logic is built from accumulated knowledge from past experience and from studies. Past knowledge is a killer of originality. We need not plagiarize when we write, but we frequently borrow ideas from someone or somewhere else.

In this information age, we are seldom a witness to actual events. The news or stories we read or hear each day is often relayed to the journalists from a source. Relying on source can lead to bias reporting and yet journalists are expected to be objective, impartial, and balance in their reporting. This is a lot to ask of anyone, for a thought or hypothesis we add to what we write is often social construct. We are what we are because we have been molded thus to be, systematically, through education, through regulations, and through depravity.

If someone says he has an original idea, he is almost certainly a liar. Few are the things we see and hear are truly original. They are all borrowed ideas, combined from different sources, formed as one to be considered new, but there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NAS)
That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

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NOTE: In writing this article, the author is aware there are new and creative things going on around the world, made possible by the grace and inspiration of God. It is precisely this reason that the emphasis here refers to things 'under the sun' or the things derived from human capacity that is nothing new.

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Honey Stone 19 Jun 2005
True, but I bet alittle more Bible meditation and less Christian reading would bring more fresh writing. I am convicted and inspired by this writing.
Gregory Eckrich 17 Jun 2005
Interesting article with a good theme--nothing new under the sun. I was taught that there are two types of originality. One, called synthetic wherein various inputs are stirred together for a different output. Two, really original--not known to have been done before. Technological advancement comes to mind. Your article touches upon number one. I think that there should be a third--one Christians should know: Holy Spirit direction. This leads to new insight and God-given originality. Geo. Washington Carver knew this one. Believer or not, I think Henry Ford knew this one too. So should we all. Watch conjungation. Keep writing. Greg.
Gregory Eckrich 17 Jun 2005
Interesting article with a good theme--nothing new under the sun. I was taught that there are two types of originality. One, called synthetic wherein various inputs are stirred together for a different output. Two, really original--not known to have been done before. Technological advancement comes to mind. Your article touches upon number one. I think that there should be a third--one Christians should know: Holy Spirit direction. This leads to new insight and God-given originality. Geo. Washington Carver knew this one. Believer or not, I think Henry Ford knew this one too. For a fact, the founders of this nation knew Godly direction. So should we all. Watch singular nouns w/plural verb and vice versa. Keep writing. Greg.




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