"Few people truly think for themselves more than three or four times a year. Our time is used up displaying either automatic or voluntary behaviour. The overwhelming portion of one's behaviour is automatic. This is the behaviour that is patternised and governs our responses, requiring no conscious or creative thought to reproduce it.
A large part of our behaviour concerns itself with survival and safety cosiderations, but as large a part involves attempting to act upon or against the thoughts and actions of others or endeavouring to prove them false or true.
I am determined to think a thought that is brand new to my mind at least once a day; even though I know deep down that I will probably fail in this task and was not the first to think upon it. I know deep down despite my best efforts, that my thought has preceded me in the mind of another and has already travelled through the passage of time from place to place and mind to mind. For the most part, I am no more or less than another humble person who now wraps the thoughts of another in different words and different packaging whilst retaining the same meaning first expressed long, long ago. As with the renewal of fresh waters on the beach, each new tide brings forth an old thought to wash around our senses, making all models for the future no more than mere vessels from the past." William Forde: February 17th, 2013.