I just watched a documentary about the life of Aaron Swartz. I did not know who he was, I did not know his story, and I did not know how great of an impact he made on the Internet.
Aaron protected the Internet.
If you know nothing about him – Google him.
Over the years, I personally have embarked on a journey which leads me back to this road where information should be free, and non-profitable.
I’m not speaking about piracy, but the free distribution of research papers, and information which would prove helpful to students and researchers. I can’t believe that we have to pay for information that should be readily available on the internet.
My stance is clear: knowledge should be free.
This is why I blog. I give as much information as I can. Yes, the information is part of my bread and butter, but honestly, I can’t profit from every single person out there in a dollars and cents kind of way. Nor do I have the desire to.
I want to live a comfortable life. I want to be able to travel freely and enjoy the latest of technology, and possibly have a family that I can easily provide for, but beyond that, I can’t see myself wanting this lavish lifestyle full of Range Rovers and beach-front mansions.
Blogging is my way of giving back. It’s my way of paying it forward. If I can help at least one person with this blog, then my job is done.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and it’s no coincidence that I happened to watch this story about Aaron (it was not my selection to begin with). The universe is obviously sending a clear message to me.
Today, I want to reaffirm that burning desire to help people. And this is the way I can do it, from behind my keyboard, without being a hacktivist.
But in some ways I am a bit of a disrupter. I say, and will say, things that will disrupt my competitors who are trying to squeeze every last cent out of a business. I believe in fair business, and that you should not be committing fraud to get a few thousand bucks out of a company. Shame on you.
This blog, and the TILT Blog, is where my disruption will occur.
I will continue to publish my knowledge, because although I’m growing a business, I cannot satisfy the world as a business. And someone, somewhere is going to benefit from the madness that happens in my brain.
This is a shift in my focus as I develop into the adult I am to become.
Grab some popcorn, with extra butter.