In ‘Hitchcock’, the imagined biographical movie of the inventive Alfred Hitchcock, he utters this line to his wife – ‘Self-plagiarism is style.’ Most of us tend to cling to supposedly unique styles we think we formed in various aspects of life. While we might take pride in our styles, this is really an extension of our egos. Why keep to one way of doing something when it can be improved? In the context of rebirth, if we plagiarise or existentially ‘clone’ ourselves life after life, we are at a spiritual standstill. Breaking free is possible only by outdoing our old, albeit cherished ways, since they are simply not good enough.

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