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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How Frustrating It Must Have Been To Be Aaron Swartz

Apathy is dangerous. It's the most dangerous thing in the world. Unfortunately the way society functions, you almost need to develop a sense of apathy just to survive. When you consider all the inter-connected, calculated corruption that exists in our society, perpetrated against working people by unlawful members of the ruling class it's a disgusting outrage that the government would use all it's enforcement efforts to corner and cage a brilliant citizen like Aaron Swartz for daring to have an unquenchable thirst for understanding.

Aaron was devoted to the idea of free information. He believed you and I are entitled to know everything we can about the world we live in while we are here to enjoy it. He understood how learning enriched him and inspired him on a daily basis and he developed technological tools that helped information flow into every corner of the world so that anyone with a laptop could access ideas and share revelations. He was obsessed with the volume of information stored in the M.I.T. databases having had access to them for years. He downloaded all the academic journals, he was caught, he was reprimanded, he returned them, and then the nightmare began.

The government's fear of people knowing everything they can about the world they live in was so great that they spared no expense and mercilessly, legally bludgeoned a peaceful visionary until he was so spiritually drained, politically vilified and financially battered that he could no longer see the light he lived for, a future where society protected it's people's right to information. He could no longer imagine a day in his lifetime where ideas flowed freely to every man woman and child who sought to understand and participate in the miraculous complexities and beauties of our existence. While young Aaron Swartz was under attack, and fighting for his right to exist, our media, the stewards of our first amendment, the law that protects our right to access and distribute information, turned it's back on him and spent it's time covering the Kardashians and other absolutely ridiculous corporate distractions.

Aaron was unable to develop the apathy one needs to surrender a beautiful dream in exchange for reality: his future life, decades in a cage, thirsty for information, denied the wellsprings of knowledge, by a nation claiming to be champions of the free and the brave. Death was better than living with such a painful demonstration of how much our government hates those who believe we have a right to learn as much as we possibly can.

Rest Aaron's peaceful, brilliant soul. It is such a tragic injustice that his persecution was aided and abetted by our own self-protective apathy and the money hungry university system that forgot it's purpose long ago. We are all damned. We are all damned to hell on Earth as long as men like Aaron Swartz and Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are considered villains in the dawn of, potentially the greatest period of human evolution ever, the information age.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013