[Motivation] 
  1. 어떤 사람이 우스갯소리로 한 말이, 퍼지고 퍼져서  모두가 다 아는 가십거리가 되있을 때.
  2. 어떤 작가가 별 기대없이 쓴 스토리를 만들어 나간 것이,영화가 되고, 게임이 만들어지고, 박물관이 생기는 등, 그 스토리만의 문화가 생겼을 때
  3. 어떤 감정을 처음 느낀 건 나 자신이였는데 , 그것이  커지고 커져서 되려 나를 통제하기 시작할 때 (중독, 사랑, 절망, 등 강렬한 감정들)
이 세 문장이 다루고 있는 현상들의 공통점은 뭘까? 루머, 문화, 감정 등이 그것의 주체의 통제를 벗어나 생명력을 얻었다는 점에서 비슷하다.
이런 현상을 묘사할 때  미국인들이 많이 쓰는 표현이 있는데….
[Phrase]
take on a life of its own
  • [Definition] Something created seems to act beyond the will or design of its creator. to no longer be controlled by anyone. 
    • Once an earthquake starts, it takes on a life of its own. 
    • Someone imagined it, and the idea took on a life of its own.
[From Movies]
  • It’s more like everyone’s fear just takes on a life of its own. (Ringu)
  • Hatred, once stirred…  - took on a life of its own. (Delgo)
  • One of my personas has taken on a life of its own!  (American Dad 3)
  • You see, once these agencies get involved, it really takes on a life of its own. (Law & Order)
  • When living beings come together, no matter whether they’re ants, humans, or entire metropolises, what they create takes on a life of its own (Through the Wormhole)
[From News]
  • Wukan Revolt Takes On a Life of Its Own (NYT)
  • So while his fiction has taken on a life of its own, Bolano remains shrouded in myth and mystery. (Economist)
  • “The Baker’s Wife,” is a classic example of a song from a flop musical that endures and takes on a life of its own as a semioperatic showpiece (NYT)
[Video]
  • So, we were able to just debunk that, but it had taken on a life of its own. So, I do
  • But it has certainly taken on a life of its own and I think it’s funny. So, I don’t think
  • taken on a life of its own. And it grows in hysteria to the point where you get an email
  • It’s kind of taken on a life of its own.
[From Twitter]
  • Phenomenal music that felt like it took a life of its own
  • “History has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.” -Michelle Obama
  • My ego needs to get a life of its own.
[Comments]
take ON a life of its own 이다. On을 까먹지 말자, take on 은 구동사(phrasal verb)로서 to begin to perform or deal with라는 의미를 가진다.

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