I was listening to a radio talk show, and the host was demeaning the listening audience by accusing them of lacking original thought. His point was most people are mindless drones, heedlessly regurgitating catch phrases and talking points offered by political figureheads and media personalities. The host thought of himself as an original thinker, claiming himself to be a treasured rarity in the media.
I thought about it, and it isn’t possible to have an original thought. The way my brain is putting together my argument is frustratingly haphazard, so bear with me. My argument is as follows.
1) Our minds are a blank slate at birth (A baby knows nothing of the world prior to birth).
2) Our minds are originally filled with information solely by the way our senses relay information to the brain (A baby is born in a world that appears chaotic; nothing makes sense. Everything is sights, sounds, smells, and sensation with no real order. Only after a baby’s senses allow it to categorize and group things does it begin to distinguish caregivers from lawn chairs).
3) Thoughts are constructed, relayed, pondered, and delivered through language (Once the baby mentally categorizes things, she will learn names for those categories: mom, dad, food, poo poo).
4) Once these categories are seen to have a particular function, we begin to see the relationship between them and form higher-order thoughts, i.e. consequential thinking (If the baby cries when hungry, her mom will feed her).
5) The more we develop, the more complex our thinking becomes based on our experience of the world by way of our senses.
6) Thus, all thought is stolen from those around us. This blog isn’t original. I stole my current thoughts from God knows where. I owe somebody for my ability to think up inane material to post on my blog. Hell, you, the reader, now owe me! You are obligated to reference Killer J any time the topic of “original thought” comes up.
Prove me wrong.