In this social-media-oriented society, stealing words from other people has become easy. Yes, putting the author’s name or the source—if the author is anonymous—takes time and characters, but it’s respectful.
Wala lang. Maybe I’m kind of triggered with a repost of a friend. It wasn’t quoted, the author was not indicated, but it seemed familiar. True enough, when I researched it, the quote already existed and had been reposted in Tumblr before.
Maybe this is why I only post “quotes,” more often than not, from profiles such as the Artidote. They have so much respect for the artist and the author that they include them in their post, no matter the length. They did not only gain followers because of their deep, well-written anecdotes and quotes but also gave the original author and artist their worthy exposure.
Let’s not be self-serving. As Samuel Adams said, “Give credit where credit is due.”