Ezekiel3 says:Terry: Do you find a correlation with societal "originality" (or the lack thereof) with the scientific theory that the universe is constant, recycling the same energy into various forms?
Hmmmmm. I can't quite get my pea-sized brain around that to answer you; to tell the truth.
I do think everything is reused (as to parts). That is why time travel is impossible. The you of today is composed of parts of yesterday. For you to show up somewhere (anywhere) in the past would mean the very same atoms would be there twice.
The future consists of recycled parts from all the yesterdays which preceded it.
I personally think something is original when I suddenly look at things in a way I had not before. A work of art can do this; stop you dead cold and make you re-examine your boundries.
An original line in a book; a piece of music--anything that takes me where I have not been is original (at least to me). Even an old joke can be original told in a new way.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Answer: To avoid the accordian festival.