MetaJournal: Superficial Exhibited Originality

 

Social media has provided a digital space for people to create, share, gain inspiration from others, and gain popularity on a much greater and faster scale than before.  This phenomenon has raised an interesting pandemic, in my opinion, that has caused quite a stir in all social media platforms. I’m writing this from a spiritual perspective because I’ve noticed it more in the spiritual community (online groups and forums, respected spiritualists and metaphysicians, etc.) in recent months.  For decades, the music and entertainment industries have undergone the same attacks on intellectual property and many people who are extremely talented have had to pay millions of dollars to people who are seemingly regular folk, simply based on evidence or compelling arguments, that denotes that plagiarism in fact took place on a creative project. 

This brings me to the observation about copying someone (a copycat), stealing ideas, not giving credit where credit is due, and so on and so forth.  Interestingly, there are people who are making bank on the ideas that you put out there. I recently experienced much of this and to a certain extent, it can help a person become thrusted into the limelight because there are vigilantes who will uplift those who are the originators of the content and oust those who are the fraudulent culprits. Because this is still fresh for me, I wasn’t going to write about it in my perspective because it would appear that I am still affected by it; however, Spirit is urging me to share my perspective here because the way that I have decided to share, Spirit provides the providence, and I have ensured the full authority and power over the way that I deliver the messages that come to me.

I’ve thought about unplugging for a while because I don’t want anyone to (1) come and take my posts, pictures, etc., and claim them as their own. (2) accuse me of taking something of theirs; their posts, ideas, comments, etc., and (3) not crediting me for the work that I have done. But I can’t be afraid of that stuff anymore.  The real people who want real authentic content will know where it all comes from when I post/share; and the people that are delivering real authentic content are who I will attract to me and be attracted to will also be from a place of authenticity. 

I’m reminded of Matthew 7: 15-20 where it says:

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. 

There is a difference in being inspired by someone or something, (as artistic expression is often left to the interpretation of the observer) and outright copying what someone else is doing or has done.   You can only fake it til you make it for so long, before you’re unable to continue to keep up with the façade. You know the phrase, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” – Oscar Wilde.  Let’s just say that it’s only cute for so long before it turns into a hideous beast that you cannot contain. 

Ideas come and go and they are definitely free for all to pull from the God consciousness, however, when you’re in a group-think scenario and someone shares for the greater good of all, it is respectful to give credit where credit is due. ESPECIALLY when some of the members of the group didn’t do their part to carry a decent portion of the load.  To think about it, social media has created the group-think to even take place that goes beyond your normal circle of influence and there are some HEAVY hitters that post content daily, hourly, and even within minutes and then minutes later.  

BUT, who now owns the content? 

Until next time, I hope that you all are living your best authentic self and giving proper credit to those you admire.