TaN: In this digital age and the mania need and obsession to be heard/read by the whole world (especially using social media), there is so much out there that plagiarism is practically inevitable — and this is through no fault of the (alleged) plagiarist. Even though there are a lot of words in the English language, only a mere handful (about a thousand) are used repeatedly. Moreover, these words cannot just be used or combined at random but must follow or observe specific syntactical structures and statement constructions.
Given this, it is logical and unavoidable that there is bound to be not just similarities but “clones” or identical phrases every now and then and it will be unintentional. To this, it is unfair to flatly conclude that there is plagiarism.
This is somewhat similar to the situation regarding music where there are only 8 notes and there is only so much unique sequences these notes can be arranged. The only way to create a greater variety and thereby to avoid being accused of “copying” is the variation in length of the note and the pitch. But even then, as more and more music are created using the same fundamental 8 notes, there is sure to be duplication and replication down the line. This can hardly be considered copying or piracy because one has to take the facts and circumstances.
The most sensible and practical solution would be to just give it away, put it in the public domain. Let us be content with the mere thought that we were able to come up with some thought and shared it with the world. This is what I do. My only hope is that what I have shared can be useful to someone. Recognition or being cited or credit would be nice and appreciated but not really expected or required. It is enough for me to know that I put something out there and people are free to take it and use, but only if it can be used for the benefit of others. Financial gain is frowned upon.
Please, let us not be too greedy with our talents and skills and our (hopefully and without malice intended nor desire to claim ownership) give it to the world, in the public domain, for all to have and use. This is the essence of true and pure altruism and/or philanthropy (I can never distinguish the difference between the two).
Let us not be too concerned with plagiarism. Plagiarism should only come into consideration or play when there is malice, there is malevolence, there is injustice (in the form of selfish personal financial and/or political gain, of using in part or as a whole for deception or fraudulent ends, or of some kind of other activity and/or purpose that does not only serve self-interest but even bring no benefits to others).
Let us face, the time for plagiarism has gone and it is high time we be more sharing and concerned with others and not be so suspicious of ulterior motives or intentions of others — at least in terms of plagiarism.
TaN: Currently, not only do we have people who we did not choose or elect into office or authority dictate what we — i.e., our government — can and cannot do or should and ought not to do but who are even and frequently foreigners. This brings up an interesting question: Isn’t there something wrong in this because it would make a mockery of the election process of a country.
It is not right that a private (especially a foreign) individual can determine the course of a country, having the power to override and/or dictate to a country and its elected officials — the Chief Executive (President, Prime Minister, Premier, or whoever) — whatever policies and regulations that country must, not may, undertake or implement (like the International Monetary Fund or IMF and the World Bank or WB). Aside from not having any accountability or liability whatsoever to the people of the country, that individual would likewise neither have any loyalty nor fidelity to the country.
I understand that it is there must be some compromise when the situation involves countries but it should not go beyond interfering and even dictating the national policies and regulations (expected) to be carried out by the debtor country (and frequently at the expense and detriment of the great majority of the public who are usually in the lower income tiers). This is utterly unacceptable if the (debtor) country has any self-respect and self-worth at all — and not just for the sake of the “economy”, which in truth almost always benefit only the upper crust and the trickle-down economics is but a sham to persuade and convince the gullible masses to agree to the idea and to “expect” the trickle to reach them).
[Note: Focus your attention and take note on the “trickle” in trickle-down economics. It implies that much of the benefits will be remain at the top and just trickles, if any, will subsequently and eventually trickle to the bottom levels.]
And should the masses complain and/or otherwise express opposition or displeasure but the leaders still stubbornly and insistently continue to “obey” the dictates of foreign authorities over their (the leaders’) country’s interests, it is high time that the said leaders be removed or ousted from office as soon as possible and by any means necessary (but avoiding harsh and violent methods if and when possible).
It is very insulting and humiliating for a country to kowtow to dicta from foreign — and unelected at that — just for economic reasons when the beneficiaries are almost always the well-to-do and the elites but never the public, especially the poor and marginalized.
TaN: I will be precariously out on a limb and say that I BELIEVE that the only way to interpret the Holy Scriptures is to be faithful to its fundamentals — i.e., no compromises, no adaptations, no “modernization” to be acceptable. The Word of God is absolute, constant, forever and universally applicable, and true. There is no room for interpretations and manipulations — the last (and, in my opinion and belief, the most important) statement is (in Book of Revelations, Chapter 22 verses 18-21, KJV):
“18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
And the same was mentioned in Deuteronomy 4:2 and in 12:32, respectively: “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish [ought] from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” and “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
These repeated warnings are manifestations that GOD MEANS BUSINESS!