Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two-pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
I collect quotes and pithy sayings to share with others, fully realizing their veracity and/or utility vary greatly. Take this one by C.S. Lewis, for instance. How can we know if what he says here is really so? Who is he talking about, what is the truth he would have us tell, and what will it look like, if you or I become original? If we won’t notice it, who will tell us? Did Lewis know how original he was?
Well, I’ll leave those nagging questions about his ability to gather and analyze data for another time, because I just want to say that I really hope Jack is right! I’m into my second week of a 2 dimensional design course and, for the first time in my life, feeling very little pressure to be original. I do want to learn, grow, and improve — I want to be good! But, if I’m in the 90th percentile of unbothered artists, my art and design should become more and more original — I probably won’t notice. I’ll be having too much fun and can’t be bothered with what others think.