I find it interesting that the idea of people at MS being friendly to Open Source Software was basically ignored. I love your work, but if your not open minded about the freedom of information and ideas and you call yourself somebody who wants to see that in others.. you are not anything like what you claim to be.
I'm not flaming. I respect you. I like your music. I'm not saying you can not do good, and I hope that you continue your work because I respect the works that I have seen from you so far. I just find the idea that you see MS and the people who are forced to work there to make a honest living as as one and the same - "evil" - when your being told flat out that some of the people support the same ideals on freedom of information as you do, and even use part of the money they get paid bi-weekly to support Open Source projects.
You clearly support open source projects and believe in freedom of information as well. Does that make you evil too? If you hold somebody to a set of ideals or feel that they are "evil" or unethical for doing something or believing in a certain way, I feel that you should in turn judge yourself by the same ethical or moral restraints.
Doing anything else than that hurts your course and damages what you are trying to do. You say that you want to get the world to hear the truth, to show people what they are missing. What about what your missing? What about the truth that you are not seeing? What about your own legitimacy to "spread the word"? How do we know that the display of close mindedness that you have just displayed by ignoring the fact above was "correct"? I personally do not feel that closing your mind to an idea makes it true; In fact history has shown that the ability of people to do so usually means it is more true than people are comfortable to admit. Just like how the earth is round and not flat, how the earth is not the center of the universe, and how eating meat on Sunday is not going to kill you.
Please understand that I say this not in anger, but in measured protest for the actions I have just seen displayed in an attempt to further your own cause by helping you learn from your humanity and become a better figurehead for what you are trying to do.
After all, if you can not look past your own faults or even hold conflicting ideas in your mind without at least looking for truth in both of them, why should people follow you or your ideals?
The fact is people do not like that idea. They do not like the idea of "the bad guy" being good. You want it to be black and white, but the world is really just.. shades of gray. It is entirely possible that you deem to be evil, is in fact good. And if you can not see the good in others than how will you see the good in the people that make up the world you are trying to change? It does not make sense to me, that you would ignore such goodwill that could only help your cause and be used in your fight to your advantage.
I find it sad, and I hope that instead of the alternitives you read these words and reflect on them.. and to be clear, I say all this as a friend.
I am confused. I don't have anything against the idea of Microsoft "being friendly to Open Source Software." I do not believe in a binary of good and evil. Are you religious? Because I am not, I am all about grey. If you are referring to the above lyrics, THEY ARE OPEN SOURCE. I did not write all the words. I asked, similar to this post for a community project, and received lyrics from over 20 individuals. So. if you are referring to a line in the above song. I am confused.
Second, your point and definition of "evil." I have stated that I do not believe in good and evil as a religious binary. Now, what word do you have for corporations who employ teenagers and woman who inhale poisonous fumes, touch chemicals, and work in sweat shop conditions? What do you call a corporation who buys small developers to avoid competition, who pollutes third world countries. Are familiar with the "Eichmann argument?" This is a debate that came out of WWII. How to prosecute the Nazi, do you only bust the higher ups, the planners, the leaders? What about the prison guards, the button pressers, the lowly "the people who are forced to work there to make a honest living." Using the argument that EVERY Nazi is guilty of carrying the ideology and work of Nazism, you can argue that the employees of corporate giants are in fact, guilty of knowingly, consciously, working for and with a company who does "evil" things. Ward Churchill made this argument about the employees who worked in the World Trade Center and was almost fired from his job. People want to believe that you are innocent if you do what your told or, as you argue, to survive. Is it ok to rob your brother, mug your sister, work your father to death, starve your mother to survive? I say no it is not.
This all reminds me of the line from Run DMC "not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good." I am not a post modern theorist. I do believe there are people who mean well, who have empathy, who are willing to make a stand. And greedy, self driven people who have only anger for the poor and the have less. Okay, MS and Apple can eat shit. I took a stand. That is what attracted me to the community, the willingness to take a stand. Should there be copyrights? No. Do, I believe in royalties? No. Is Apple being fair charging 1.00 a song, no. Why do most the world still have no access to the internet, computers?
Why should you assist me? Because you disagree. That is why I felt this should be open to all. I want your debate, but not directed at me, at the issues. What makes this flame is that you directed it to me and not the issues you disagreed with.
I have never made a cent off of music that I created with warez. Every song I have ever made was in thanks to the people who allowed a lower class kid yell "injustice" from his bedroom. I stand for a million people who exist and who created a voice out of the products we once could not afford.
In the end, I can't make a clear right and wrong argument. There is a lot of grey, but I am willing to take a stand. How about you?
What is evil? Who is evil? Where is evil? Is dropping cluster bombs on third world people even a little bad to you?