If we’re all thinking the same things and using the same uninspired and unexamined language, then no one is thinking at all — and that’s dangerous.

Recently I began listening to the world through a filter I was calling originality, but it took a bad turn: originality was hard to come by in normal, even serious, conversation. Instead I heard clichés used far more frequently than I would have expected, and I began to cringe at the…