I read a long time ago that there is no idea one might think of nobody else hasn’t. We all beg ideas from each other. We beg ideas from nature, from seeing an attractive image or video. Ideas come from limitless sources.
Wikipedia defines biomimicry as “the emulation of the models, systems, and elements of nature for the purpose of solving complex human problems.” This is a more polite expression for begging ideas from nature.
There is nothing wrong with begging ideas. The problem starts with an author taking almost every idea of a post by another author and rephrasing it without adding any new element.
This is not begging ideas. It is robbing ideas.
The world is flooded with new information. To add to this load simply rephrased ideas to appear as original is two-edged misconduct. The guilty adds to a load of information and robs the original author of her/his due credit.
Nature Reveals and Hides Reasons
Nature gifts us with a huge supply of inspiring ideas. Some ideas are obvious to us. Some ideas we have to sweat to reveal their wisdom. Some ideas are still searching for explanations and better reasoning. Nature keeps puzzling us and that keeps our curiosity fresh.
We borrow ideas from each other ideally to do what nature does.
We beg nature for guiding ideas. The more we “beg”, the more we shall get ideas. You may object to the use of beg ideas. Is not this honorable as saying “I beg your pardon”?
Yes, we authors learn from nature as we learn from each other. I read a post or a comment and it inspires me with another idea. I credit the original post. I highlight the values I add to the original idea. A chain of ideas may result in one idea reacting with the previous ideas at a time. This is welcome and desirable.
What is not welcome is robbing ideas and claiming the stolen ones as ours. This is burning values into ashes.