I saw the quote/pic above whilst trawling through my google reader :: Thanks to ameliatorode.typepad.com for her inspiration :: and it has hit a chord with me and made me think.
I like the idea of open source software... you take it to point (a) then someone takes what you've made and takes in to point (b)... the software evolves... adapts... grows. So too an idea.
No one is truly original... we all have influences... we all have our inspirations. I am inspired by music, photography and product design; Scripture, ideas, writing, t-shirts, writing on t-shirts, blogs etc etc etc... the list goes on.
In terms of the quote/pic above... I have authentic ideas but I don't have original ideas. Its not that I am ripping anyone deliberately... its just that their ideas are part of me... and come out in a similar manner to open source software building. They are flavoured by me... seasoned you could say... to make them authentically mine... albeit... I can never truly own an idea.
I see it as an important part of my journey of faith and purpose... albeit... focussing on the best, not the worst...
Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.Philippians 4: 8-9 (The Message)
Soaking up the best ideas... see where they can be developed... integrated... infused with grace... and then passed on... for others to take and run with.
Well that's how I see it... what do you think?