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 I addressed this in the first message in the thread- that the consequences of RMS's actions lead to this moment, and that this was inevitable and the right resolution.

You asked me why people are sad and I'm telling you what an impact he had on my life.

I also know RMS as a person, good and bad. He's insulted me, he's insulted people I care about, he's done things I find extremely distasteful in front of me,

I see this holistically. He's a human being- qualities and flaws.

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@emacsen @jalcine bro I'm sorry but is it really appropriate to have this particular sermon about his positive impact in the context of what he said? Even independent of any other behavior? You're in the shadow of some really awful stuff here.

@foggy @jalcine The thread is about why people are sad. I'm sad. He said awful things and hurt many people. For that, he's been removed from leadership from the organization he founded.

For that, he's been removed from the university.

I'm glad for those things. They were the right answer.

I'm still sad for the man who gave my life a sense of purpose.

I'm sad he couldn't change this about himself. The world would be a better place if he could have.

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