"We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people." - Arthur Schopenhauer 
The issue I see with being “original” is that it requires people to go outside of their existing pattern matching and actually think. This leads to some finding the same quality ridiculous, humorous or offensive. As we all look at the world through a set of foggy mirrors, you never know exactly how someone sees a situation. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen when the black box of perception starts working. For that reason, I see no reason to worry about it.
Whenever I stress about someone thoughts of me I think, “I love a sunny day, but the weather has no care for me.” It’s possible to live in a world where we revere, love and hope for the uncontrollable and still keep our sanity. They key is realizing that the phenomenon or thing we want is truly uncontrollable and relatively unpredictable.
“Shakespeare will never be made by study of Shakespeare." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Self Reliance
Since I’ve moved to the Silicon Valley, I see an undue amount of hero-worship of existing and prior tech folk. I never understood why people tend to put others on pedestals; however, it seems to me that they should realize that many of those the look up at never would have looked up at another. No great man has ever stood alone trying to be another man. Some tried to be greater than a man by holding themselves to a religious or spiritual ideal that has not ever been; but that is very different than looking to your fellow man to understand how to be.
A closing by Blaise Pascal.
 As attributed in Dictionary of Quotations from Ancient and Modern English and Foreign Sources (1899) by James Wood, p. 624
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