Monday 23 September 2002

That was a Wonderful Remark

I love to fossick in people’s archives. Trawling through Mark Pilgrim’s posts on RSS, I stumbled on a paragraph that made me pause, consider, and realize that at last I’ve returned to what Don Juan called “the path with heart.”

As I write this, the year is 2000, and the Internet is a battleground of intellectual property disputes. Some people would like you to believe that, without proper financial incentives, music, literature, and computer software would disappear. After all, who would make music if they can’t make money on it? Who would write? Who would program? I know the answer. The answer is that musicians will make music, not because they can make money, but because musicians are the people who can’t not make music. Writers will write because they can’t not write. I’ve been programming for 16 years, writing free software for 8. I can’t imagine not doing this. If you can imagine yourself not doing what you’re doing, do something else. Do whatever it is that you can’t not do.

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Beatiful... and very true.

It's something that those who don't grok OSS just can't seem to wrap their brains around. People do this stuff because they ENJOY it- because it makes them happy.

Some people garden, some jog, some collect stamps... others write software and give it away.

It's really not difficult to understand when you take the money-centric mindset away.

Thanks for the great link to Mark's excellent post!

Posted by Rick Castello on 24 September 2002 (Comment Permalink)

This discussion is now closed. My thanks to everyone who contributed.

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