For about the last 6 months or so, somebody has been running my articles through a plagiarism checker. I’m really not sure what to make of this. I write everything on my blog and I write everything as my own original thoughts.
Are my thoughts inspired by the work of other people? Well, DUH… I quote other sources and attribute via links whenever I quote someone elses work. Anything else would be dishonest and, well, plagiarism.
Just for the record, since it actually seems to be an issue here of late. I am not a plagiarist, I do not steal anyones work. What you read here, are my thoughts on any given subject. They may have been influenced by what other people have expressed, but they are my own carefully thought out ideas.
Whomever it is that keeps running my articles through plagiarism checker, I don’t know why you are doing this, but knock yourself out. I have nothing to hide and I am not an intellectual thief. Perhaps I should be flattered, as I write what I write for the specific purpose of attempting to make people think about the subject that I am discussing. I do not expect or attempt to get people to blindly agree with me, I am not in the business of propaganda. I want people to think about why they hold the views and opinions that they hold.
I want people to challenge their own beliefs systems and see if what they believe actually can be supported by the facts, or if what they believe is simply a case of confrontational bias. There is nothing in all of the human condition more difficult then performing a fearless and searching moral inventory of ones own beliefs.
So, by all means, Mister or Misses Anonymous please continue running what I write through plagiarism checker, what you will find here really is what I think, and not something stolen from someone else.