Great thread! I'd like to say that I'm not a 'skinner' in the WC sense. I'm an MD (I do deal with lots of skins
In my profession, we achieve success by standing on the shoulders of those who came before us. To try to do it any other way is mostly foolish (I say mostly because sometimes serendipity occurs and valuable finds can be made by 'reinventing' the wheel).
Artists, though, are different in that they always start at some idea or object found in "reality" and alter it somehow. Thus, their work is the "lie that emulates reality". It doesn't matter if the reality is a picture, or color or emotion. Using that logic, no work is "original". When broken down to components, something was pre-existant.
However, the act of "breaking it down" causes one to miss the beauty of the intact object. Things of beauty are more than the sum of their parts. Usually the better the parts, the better the whole but oddly, imperfections can make the work more beautiful (i.e. the Parthenon).
Thus, the "Original" argument breaks down at some level, but paradoxically we reject this. Why? Because we are creatures with an ego. All of us. That's why courtesy and civility were invented: So we could live in peace with each other.
When one gets the urge to "flame", it's usually because he/she feels insulted. Pause a moment at that point (even though it's very hard to do that) and examine why you feel insulted. Invariably it's because you have "accepted" or fear others accept this insult as being true. Wouldn't it be wiser and less violent to disengage at this point? Yes, it would. When we don't succeed is when our egos (spelling?) trigger our tempers.
There's no easy cure for this. I've been working on mine for years. Ironically, it's been Zubaz's way of handling "difficult moments" that has given me an insight: Humor through self effacement or self ridicule is the highest form of humor.
Thanks for the thread ID and thanks, Zubaz for your gentle humor.