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What is “Impossible?”

I’m the kind of guy who doesn’t like being told that “it’s impossible” or, “you can’t do that” so anytime I can beat the odds or go against what’s supposedly “the norm” I’m going to do it. It’s just in my nature.

That’s probably one of the reasons that I don’t like the saying “there’s nothing new under the sun.” You know, the one from Ecclesiastes? I mean, granted I know it’s from the bible and all that, but first off it was written 3,000 years ago. I mean really guys, that’s way to long of a time to say that there’s still nothing new. On top of that, Solomon was in a depressive state and was simply tearing down the fallacy of humanistic logic. He said “what has been done will be done again,” not “what will be done has been done before.” Big difference. By saying the latter, you impose that nothing will ever be new, because it will have already been done. By confessing the former, you acknowledge that what has been done in the past will most likely be done in the future. Which is true. Think about the fact that the sixties are coming back. Woodstock, the Summer of Love, Rock and Roll, “Hippie” ideologies, they’re all returning. Nothing new. But think about this: Death metal didn’t exist in the 1940’s, let alone the 50’s or 60’s. Come to think of it, I don’t think it even was an idea till the 80’s, during the rise of punk rock, which, OH BY THE WAY didn’t exist until the late 60’s through 70’s. Tell me that’s not a relatively new idea. I mean, how many people walked on the moon before 1945, and how many were hit by an atomic bomb before the 60’s. None. Exactly.

By saying there’s nothing new in that context, you’re saying “give up, it’s useless, it’s already been done, so there’s nothing you can do about it.” Yes there may be similar ideas, and who’s to say that classical wasn’t the original rock music. Beethoven and Mussorgsky could have been the original Van Halen or the Clash. But by taking it in the wrong context, and saying, “well just stop trying because there’s no way that hasn’t been played before,” you destroy all hope of creativity. I mean, God is a creative God, and as such He is constantly creating. Can you imagine if He stopped all creativity and newness of any sort? It would be hell for people such as musicians, artists, writers, filmmakers and the like.   That kind of attitude kills all creative inspiration.

Food for thought.

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