“You get too wrapped up in spectacle,” Double-J said to Bernie. “It’s not that you’re too easily impressed — your judgement’s pretty good, actually — but when you do come across something impressive, you become enamored by it, rather than inspired by it.

“Greatness is suppossed to inspire us, urge us to create something equally inspiring.

“But all you seem to do is imitate your sources of inspiration. You think that, by re-enacating what you find inspirational, those who see you will be as inspired as you were.

“It doesn’t work that way. Imitation might flatter the imitated, but it does nothing for the imitator.

“I would rather be unique and fail, rather than imitate and accomplish nothing.”

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