Conversations like this regarding music remind me of when people contemplate the meaning of God at teenage parties.
"I don't believe that God is like, this old dude with a white beard, man. God is in everything. Like, God is in this table, man."
That's right. The blues was entirely self-contained and was in no way a mixture of African and European influences. The form was born in a bang instantly and its instrumentation, style, and execution were entirely original. This thread just became very special.