"What is taught in schools has already been done a thousand times over, and it is regurgitated on a daily basis. In order to create something truly unique, you must look within yourself, as that is only where unique ideas can come from. None of us are the same, and so what you create can never be the same as anyone else's."
I think these days, perhaps more than usual, we suffer from a lack of creativity. Too many people go along to get along and never really use creative faculties.
Go to YouTube and search for some people playing music. Almost all of them will be people playing somebody else's music, not their own. Writing their own music is much too difficult.
Go to a concert and see all the people willing to go pay to watch a creative group of individuals perform so they don't have to become creative themselves.
Moreover, go to a pop concert and watch the lead vocalist sing the music that was written for him/her by a much more creative individual.
Watch the news and listen to an actor/actress read a script that was prepared for him/her by a much more creative individual.
Go to an office and observe all the employees carrying out their master's wishes rather than carrying out their own wishes.
Go to a University and discover all the people looking to be placed in a specific job rather than creatively coming up with their own unique job.
Go to a bar and watch all the guys use the same, crusty, uncreative methods of picking up girls.
Everywhere you go it seems people just aren't creative and don't want to be creative. Everyone appears to be on auto-pilot. There are many vehicles going down the road, but no drivers to direct them where to go. They have given up. Most people are happy not being creative but love worshiping those who are.
So why aren't people creative? That's easy: it's hard. When have people ever wanted to do something that's hard? When have people ever wanted to achieve greatness and overcome adversity?