“Most humans, to be honest, will never have an original thought in their lives.”
I notice immediately there is something intimidating in having a quote of Corvus’ at the top of this page. Particularly when it comes from a series of such original essays. Whatever goes under it had better be good, right?
Let’s contemplate the mechanics. Here are a few suggestions as to what an original thought isn’t:
They are not the same thoughts we have every day/week/year about what we would like to do/have done.
They will not be thoughts that sound like they were inherited from your mum and dad.
Thoughts reminding you that you must have a new car/camera/phone/wife to keep the image cool will not be included.
Clichés will be completely absent, by definition.
They won’t be those carefully rehearsed conversations we have to reinforce the tired scripts we can’t put down.
We have, after all, so much experience of thinking unoriginal thoughts making a list of these is quite easy.
What about the mechanics of original thought? It may be impossible to generalise about that. My experience of original thinking is that it is both disturbing and inspiring. Perhaps it has to be both. After all, if we are going to evolve, change and difference is implied.
If your life is going to change radically, original thinking will be a big part of the process.