The binary nature of Freedom
beppu at cpan.org
Sat Jul 13 03:41:20 UTC 2002
[ date ] 2002/07/09 | Tuesday | 03:30 PM
[ author ] Bernhard Reiter <bernhard at intevation.de>
> It is told that RMS once said: "Your freedom to swing your arm
> stops at my nose."
I agree with this statement. However, the concept I am trying to bring
to people's attention is one level below this. Ask yourself:
What makes it possible for you
to stop at his nose?
Why do you refuse to punch a person?
The answer to this -- if it is a 'positive' one -- is the emotional
foundation of freedom. Without love and respect for your fellow man
and woman, there will never be any freedom regardless of how many laws
are repealed/passed. If people cannot find kindness in their hearts,
we will forever be fighting wars regardless of how many treaties are
Like I said in my comments at http://www.advogato.org/article/512.html
I think that Free Software is just a small part of the equation.
However, being a programmer, I wanted to help other programmers
try to make the connection between love and freedom in terms that
they could understand, and that's why I used the GPL for my examples.
I feel like I failed, though. People pulled out their legal microscopes
when I wanted them to be using telescopes to look far into the
> The section about the benefits of the GNU license and gcc is too
> monocausal to be a solid argumentation. It is more like an illustration.
I agree. "An illustration" is a good way of describing my essay.
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