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Xw25erudyfbq3p9=34tln,dvv[9043=4+w97r. There are 104 keys on a standard keyboard, each with a designated character. If the shift key were to be pressed, there would be another 104 characters to choose from. Same rules apply to the control key. That’s a lot of characters that could theoretically be pressed in any order the presser chooses. The first 36 characters in this article showed up randomly from pounding the keyboard. This may be the first time that’s been done, in that way. However, despite the endless possibilities of letters, numbers, symbols and their arrangement, there are only so many variations and only so many characters to choose from. The point? It’s an allegory for originality, or rather, the lack thereof. In all its forms, originality is the most valuable commodity on earth. More precious than any gem. Originality is lucrative, if done right. The Beatles used up the music world’s entire share of anything truly new. All the music today can be traced back to them and even more, before them. Even the fab four realized this fact. “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done. Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game,” John Lennon sings in All You Need is Love. Andy Warhol saw the closing window of authenticity and used old art to make it better and classified as original. In business, Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, has redefined the term business plan with his fresh look at how businesses can be run and succeed. But, is common sense really anything new? It’s all about the Bordens. Originality shouldn’t be a subjective term. In today’s society, the word “original” is used to describe something that hasn’t been heard/seen/felt in a generational time gap. Look to fashion for the biggest farce on originality. Anything that can be worn today in any style or way has been worn already in a better, more authentic way. To be clear, there’s a fine line between original and random, and it’s up the creator to show the consumer the difference. It’s the responsibility of the musician not to record random sound. The responsibility of the artist to paint something other than random splatter and it’s the businessman’s job to make money like no one else can. We, as a society, give these people license to filter. It’s nothing new to pick something out of the ether and claim it as art. Originality needs refinement. With all of the possibilities and combinations of matter in the universe, will our most valuable commodity run out? And if originality exists in 50 years, will we notice? The solution? Throw the manual out, burn the schematics and go back to square one. Complete objectivity is obviously impossible at this point, but we should learn from our mistakes and do the opposite. This is the only way something new can be created. Think of it this way, you are the most unoriginal entity in human history. You’re not special, but what you do may be.