Humanism in a nutshell: “Man with all of his innumerable defects is the measure of the value of all things.”
Even in a secular sense, artists, writers, musicians talk about nding their own voice under the layers and layers of cliché, of clichéd artistic expression. They talk about “trying to nd your own voice”. Even they know how you’re under the in uence of those, who thought and expressed ideas before you. They know, for the most part, what people express is just their regurgitating what they’ve heard from others. And where do they hear it?