Matthew Mario Di Pasquale · Opinions

Opinions aren't my own


Most, if not all, of my opinions (or ideas, suggestions, etc) probably aren't my own. I mean, they are my own, since I have them, but I likely didn't come up with them myself. Instead, I likely got them from other people, such as my family, friends, classmates, teachers, coworkers, and employers.

If you copy from one book, that's plagiarism; if you copy from many books, that's research.

—Wallace Notestein

By expressing my opinions, I'm mostly, or perhaps completely, regurgitating the opinions of others. And I often don't cite where I got my opinions from, especially since that would be very tedious and I often just don't remember. (I could get an idea from anywhere. Once I even got an idea from a spider. Should I have compensated that spider for its inspiration?) Even most, or perhaps all, of the opinions I express in this post are likely unoriginal. I probably got them from somewhere else, maybe from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 1:9) or from Plato's dialogues, but that doesn't mean someone else didn't express them even earlier.

If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants.

—Isaac Newton

Perhaps I've seen further than others in some respects. I mean, perhaps I've had some original ideas, but probably not. (Ironically, I don't even think Isaac Newton came up with the metaphor of seeing further by standing on the shoulders of giants.) Anyway, I don't know, and I don't care! (I got that from Costello at the end of Abbott and Costello - Who's on First?)