I’d like to come back to one of my favorite themes because I have made a small step further. It is in the line of thought of copying others versus authenticity, and touches on how we learn. Where I had arrived at before is that it is impossible to be a copy of someone else, that by being like a teacher you just become an inferior knock-off, and that one should commit to being authentic.
Which is all very well, but nearly all learning happens by copying, it is a strategy used by children to great effect. So yesterday it struck me, there is nothing wrong with copying, so long as you let go of the copying behaviour at some point. Only then can you see what you have made authentically your own, what you have learned. Copying happens in great and small things, it only becomes a problem when you carry it to excess and attempt to become someone else. When you refuse to let go.