Sharing The Power

November 28, 2007

As human being, it seams it’s our nature to disobey, to break free from the crowd, to want be free and to gain control over things.

To control, you need to communicate; and communication is all about passing and getting information.

While information is power, Its power comes from the way it can be presented or manipulated. For instance, you can manipulate information you gained to reach your goal (your interest), or counter it with another information (to protect your interest).

The most effective way of manipulating information is to use it to stimulate fear. Starting from the fear of losing power, up till the fear of losing life.

So, how to keep that power to yourself? well, hide it. Keep it secret. Prevent others from getting it or knowing about it.

But the real question is do we accomplish anything valuable by keeping that power to ourselves alone? Well, if you’re self-centric and think you’re smart you will accomplish many things by being so; however, the real accomplishment is not getting value from others but giving value to others.

I think the whole idea about Free(dom) Software is about sharing that power instead of keeping it in the hands of privileged. Thanks to Free Software, information is equally distributed, and everyone get the same opportunities, the same benefits, the same advantages and more importantly is that everyone one can participate and make it more valuable.

Amazing Quotes

November 2, 2007

Here is some of the quotes I found motivating, inspiring or have deep meaning :

“Be fearless and pure; never waver in your determination or your dedication to the spiritual life. Give freely. Be self-controlled, sincere, truthful, loving, and full of the desire to serve…Learn to be detached and to take joy in renunciation. Do not get angry or harm any living creature, but be compassionate and gentle; show good will to all. Cultivate vigor, patience, will, purity; avoid malice and pride. Then, you will achieve your destiny.” by Krishna, The Bagavhad Gita.

“Be steadfast about your most treasured values, and flexible about how you express and fulfill them. With a firm will and a flexible approach, truly great things are possible.” by Ralph Marston.

“Stop wondering what life is all about and start choosing what you are going to make it become. Stop waiting for someone else to make it all better and start taking your own steps to make it uniquely great.” by Ralph Marston.

“The meaning of life is the meaning you give to it.” by Ralph Marston.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” by Pablo Picasso.

“Greatness is all about the view.” by a fellow INTJ

“Most things are yet undone, we have a glorious future.” by IKEA’s founder

“First, they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.” by Ghandi