Self Reliance-Why do we focus on creating than imitating?

June 11, 2022

Self Reliance

“Self-reliance is the key to vigorous life. A man must look inwards to find his own answers.” - Robin Williams

Well if I can give you my understanding of the term Self- Reliance, I’d say

Reliance is relying or depending upon someone or something with complete trust or confidence. So when you rely on yourself it is self-reliance.

But why do we have to be self-reliant?

John Stuart Mill an English philosopher, political economist, Member of Parliament and civil servant is credited with the first use of self-reliance, in which he described as one important quality of "a free man.”

Why do we focus on creating than Imitating?

The concept of imitating or mass duplication in India dates back to the time of the Indus Valley civilization. They started recording information on different surfaces like wood, bone, ivory and shells. Do you guys remember we were given copybooks in our pre-school? We were asked to practice handwriting in them. Well were taught to imitate from the beginning. But if not from them then from where else would we learn to write? Well, we may have imitated and learnt the alphabets from the copybooks but we have got our own styles and fonts, don’t we? This is when creativity comes into the light.

Many schools and colleges include competitions like making the best out of waste, cooking without fire, painting, crafts and many more to boost our creativity.

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." - Herman Melville, American novelist

The original piece would earn us recognition and defines you.



Article Source:

Indus Valley Civilization - World History Encyclopedia

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