Mark Twain said that “substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources…”

Indeed, if I consider my own ideas, it seems that whenever I’ve believed that I’d come up with an original one, I found out soon enough that I had been mistaken. Someone else had thought of it first and likely expressed it better than I had or could.  At first this realization made me feel ashamed, for it highlighted my ignorance and my tendency toward unwarranted self-esteem. But then I looked on the bright side and decided that my embarrassing realization could lead to something good.  And indeed it has.

Realizing that I am ignorant has made me eager to learn.  And realizing that I am prone to unwarranted self-esteem has humbled me.  Instead of overvaluing myself, these days I am much more likely to echo the sentiment that Albert Einstein expressed when he said, “Every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of others, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”

Which brings me to this website.

Please know that it is simply 1) an attempt to increase the visibility of the labors of others, living and dead, and 2) an effort to exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.

The ideas herein presented may not be very original, but they have proven useful to me and I am passing them along in the hope that they may prove useful to you as well.


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