Thursday, May 20, 2010

To Covet

According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, to covet is to yearn to possess or have (something) that one does not. I seem to remember the same was mentioned in the Bible, as Moses delivered the Ten Commandments- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. So my question today is this- why do people have to take things that are ours, and try to pass them off as originals?

As I go through school, one of the biggest things they push is NO PLAIGIRISM- which means the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own. To do this is grounds for automatic failure and expulsion from the college I attend. I try to structure my life around this idea- I like originals thoughts, I am proud of my creativity and ability to express MYSELF through written word, photographs and even drawings- I would never think of stealing someone elses original work, thoughts or words and calling them my own- just the way I was raised- I guess we all can’t be so lucky.


The Bipolar Diva said...

I wish everyone was like that. I re-published a piece that I had written after my dad died and this "friend" of mine freaked out one me saying that it was hers! It just so happens that my post was posted WEEKS before she said she "wrote" it! Can you tell I'm still pissed at it?