The RMS resignation was inevitable and right, but at the same time very sad.
Things can be right and sad at the same time. We can feel empathy while knowing this was necessary.
For people celebrating, we understand why. For those feeling sad about it, it's okay to feel sad too, but we all knew it had to happen.
@emacsen I'm having a bit of difficulty understanding the part around sadness. This is like 20 years of (only 5 I've observed) people railing for this to happen. I'm a proponent of restorative justice (I actually do want him to begin going to therapy to work on his empathy skills) but he willingly did a lot
@jalcine RMS's work, ethic and philosphy changed my life. If not for RMS, there is a significant chance I would be dead.
It was partly the Free Software ethics, but the work itself. He didn't just ask for a better world, he created it. For me as a teenager, that was a revolutionary idea- that I could personally change the world in that way. I didn't need permission from some company or government. I didn't need to protest, I could simply do it!
@emacsen isn't that borderline idolatry to a point? Like I understand that's what he did but it's the work, not HIM, that seemed to have an impact on you.
Not being able to disassociate those two also demerits all of the other people who supported and contributed to the mission during those days as well.
@jalcine @emacsen RMS, Linus Torvalds, ESR, Bruce Perens, etc. were like prophets and apostles to me, spreading a gospel of software accessibility that I could have only dreamed about. Before you couldn't get the source for anything you ran; now you could. I wore the uniform of Linux and did my part to spread the good news.
It's hard to realize that someone you admired is fallible and doesn't reflect your own values. You hope that they'll change and keep perfecting themselves.
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