"When you're creating something that someone else has already created you're maybe not creative from a global perspective, but you're creating something that you could not previously have created and in so doing create the foundation to create something else that maybe no-one else has ever created." (somewhat heavily paraphrased from Robert M. Bilder)
It sounds so obvious and yet it's so deep, especially considering the casual hostility often expressed against copying - which in the spirit of the quote is much more akin to creating something entirely new in a universe where it does not yet exist, and therefore very much an immensely meaningful undertaking.
What's more, chances are that with a certain amount of complexity and fuzzyness involved in the creation, the steps you take to recreate something someone else has done will be different, thus although the result is at first the same, you've actually created it differently, and created a potential for different results, which immediately unfolds as soon as you exercise it again with different aim and intent. (☆▽☆)
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