On being "lazy" about software freedom:

Everyone lives a full life. Not everyone gets the same opportunity to pick what fills their life, though. People are busy. They have things they like to do or find easy, & things that are unpleasant or difficult.

People whose life is filled differently than yours, who have different priorities than yours, aren't any more lazy than you are lazy for not picking a more compassionate way to talk about the challenges standing in the way of software freedom.


I wrote this in response to a specific "people should just be more like me" fossbro so it largely isn't a subtoot. They had their shot at it, but missed.

Putting it up here because I think it stands on its own, and because I'm not about wasting my time on an argument that appears headed no where.

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@deejoe related question: are there things that we the computer people are too lazy to understand but would be super useful both to us & society in general?

like, it's stupid to buy buildings that contain material X, or drill maker Y is cheap but their workers are starving, or 90% of people buy insurance in a stupid way and that's why we can't have nice thing Z?

learning about these might go a long way convincing fossbros that they aren't the only people on the planet who are right


I'm generally trying to avoid othering people and their priorities as "lazy" in the first place.

I don't know, but seeking out a compassionate and respectful way to understand why people do or don't do things seems like it might be more effective? That is, if we think some change or accomodation is even necessary in the first place, which maybe it isn't.

What a dreadful life if everyone had to do all the same things the same way at the same level of skill and enthusiasm and effort.

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