So maybe I can borrow from three very great thinkers, and you can be inspired by them to just freakin' do the right thing when it comes to your work and where it comes from.
Here goes nothing:
"The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
<<<<<<<<Do your research, acknowledge your sources, recognize that those sources may be subconscious, graciously accept the truth from others that somebody else has done it before you got there - if they did. Don't mis-characterize your work as 'New and Improved' - that only works for toilet bowl cleaners and Sham Wow.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
I'm tired, I'm disheartened.
I need to care for myself for a change.
Take care of yourselves, too!