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!



@jalcine And in the longer essay about Free Software, RMS presents an ethnical framework which we can use to evaluate contributing the maximum good to the world.

That was also a revolution for me. Before that, I'd felt like everything in my ethical life was simply fed to me. School felt like that too. But RMS showed me a way to think on my own.

These ideas shifted my entire thinking, about everything.


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@jalcine And like RMS, I was ridicuuled and ostrasized. I was told my professors that I was wasting my time, that "Linux is a toy" and "Python's not going anywhere".

It's easy to see how wrong they were now, but I was betting my career on it, including not going for a graduate degree.

I was told I was Unamerican for my beliefs too, and part of the lessons I learned was that I had to fight for what I believed in, even if no one else agreed with me.

@emacsen @jalcine I feel you, this is exactly how he impacted me as well... but this should be for the better

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