Last night, the “corn party” finally happened. Good friends came together and celebrated the bounty of the garden, and the grocery store. Some corn was eaten but a lot of other stuff was shared as well, salads, pickles, meats, and pie. I sent a few jars of pickles home with an elderly aunt. A deer got its share early, taking a big chunk out of one of my “Big Max” pumpkins.
I was reminded of sharing this morning when the little woman asked me to pick some more corn to share with the neighbours. She and my grand daughter are walking over to deliver a bag.
I am thankful my grand daughter lives in a world where it’s OK to share. She doesn’t know that sharing what I have produced is unnatural or that the fruits of my labours should always have a price. All she knows is that it’s good to share and that’s the way it should be.
Shame on the people who come to my blog and pronounce that people who use shared software are parasites or that I or anyone else sharing the fruits of my labour denies anyone a living. Those hypocrites then turn around and claim all the abuse of the markets by monopolists is just business. It’s not. It’s immoral and we should not cooperate with monopolists. To do so will eventually harm someone in a real way, shutting people out of the market, increasing unemployment, maintaining poverty etc. The right way to do everything including IT is with a moral perspective, “Is this the right thing to do?”. If not, it’s all too easy to end up with a disaster like that other OS dominating IT for decades.
It’s better for everyone when people share FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software). It lowers the cost of IT, reduces the barriers to entry of all kinds of businesses and gives the little guy a fair chance in the market.