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.

#RMS #Stallman #FSF

@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 Speaking as someone who graduated college into Linux I would say that Linux and Free Software became my religion even moreso than being Lutheran. My wife joked that my religion was Getting Things Done and Linux and she wasn't far off. They both taught me a different way of thinking about the world that profoundly changed how I interacted with the world.

@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.

@craigmaloney @jalcine @emacsen that's cool. I never had ESR as a hero because he doesn't see people like me as fully human 🙃🙃🙃


@nev @jalcine @emacsen Yeah, it took me reading his other written works to undo any hero worship I have of ESR. He comes to a convention that I attend. At first I was "OMG it's ESR, but after a few years I started realizing he wasn't what I was trying to impose on him.

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