It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. (Herman Melville, 19th century American writer)

King Solomon lamented, “There’s nothing new under the sun.” And today, TV sitcoms and movies, with their cookie cutter plots, are so much alike that you can hardly tell them apart. What’s more, political candidates, along with seasoned politicians, all make the same empty promises. As Melville suggests, original thinking is invaluable.

There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. (Proverbs 29:20)