If you never read, a refined process of recognizing symbols; and you never listen, a more primitive process of recognizing sounds of these symbols, then all of your ideas may be more likely to be original. You may have trouble writing the symbols to reveal the original ideas or articulating the sounds that expose the thoughts we so desperately need, since most of us have built on old ideas. Even Newton confessed that he stood on the shoulders of giants. Ideas that are bereft of the past and the present are clearly uncontaminated but are difficult for us to extract. We need a way to communicate other than by sound or symbol. Our dog seemed to have a lot of ideas and a horse or pig were said to be good communicators but they couldn't read and could listen but not articulate, at least in English, George Orwell notwithstanding. Oh well, it's our loss. Or as Yogi Bera would have said, of Animal Farm, "It's deja vue all over again." in the seeping Orwellian US of A.
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