Who said that?

When reading a great quotation from a renowned author, one can feel overwhelmed by the incarnation of a profound thought.

It's common to wonder, who said that? was it that poet, or some painter, or that little known politician, or perhaps the actress?

Naturally being able to file an idea in your database of creative people and their works is rewarding. each 'fact' unfurling the depths of their personality as expressed through media.

Knowing who said that is a good thing also when you want to pursue this individual's work further, to delve deeper into their world.

Yet there is a facet of this 'who was it that did X' that has little value except as a tool of social authority.

If you find a quote, picture, phrase or idea meaingful, then i believe that who produced it is superfluous.

Anecdotes about who the creator was, what they achieved and why they did it serve to taint one's perception of the truth within. If a collection of words contains an insight, or passionate concept, then that is what is important.

Too often are words heeded for their orator's credit and not for their innate value. Wise words are ignored because they come from young mouths, or indeed from elderly mouths. Why are inquisitive children annoying to adults? because they suggest truths that the aged try dearly to forget.

This is in part the beauty of the internet. It allows free communication through simple language and pictures, which are standardised - there is no tone to the voice in text, nor appearnace on which to be judged. it is easier to take ideas and expressions for what they are, as if you had stumbled across a canvas dropped by the wayside, instead of attending a grand art exhibition to marvel at the works of famous painter no.89401.

 

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