No doubt a man who walks about and does his work is dying and ignorant of it, and many who lie abed all day are healthier than those who bring their food and wash them.
I had never seen war, or even talked of it at length with someone who had, but I was young and knew something of violence, and so believed that war would be nothing more than a new experience for me, as other things - the possession of authority in Thrax, say or my escape from the House Absolute-had been new experiences.
War is not a new experience; it is a new world. Its inhabitants are more
different from human beings that Famulimus and her friends. Its laws are new, and even its geography is new, because it is a geography in which insignificant hills and hollows are lifted to the importance of cities. Just as our familiar Urth holds such monstrosities as Erebus, Abaia, and Arioch, so the world of war is stalked by the monsters called battles, whose cells are individuals but who have a life and intelligence of their own, and whom one approaches through an ever-thickening array of portents.
Welp, finally finished SMTIV. Letting my natural choices flow throughout the game, I decided to side with the angels, blow up Tokyo, and create a world of eternal peace and order. The problem with that plan is that right before Tokyo was set to blow, my angel sidekick was all like (paraphrasing here) “We have been in Tokyo and been tainted by the Filth that dwells there. You take my meaning?” He then blew us both up along with the denizens of Tokyo. Whoops. I guess a divine dictatorship of peace and order isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
I’m sick and tired of Aaron Schwartz being treated as some kind of Internet martyr/super hero. Suicide sucks, and I’m not happy at the thought of anyone feeling a level of despair that would make them think dying is better than living. Suicide is not a fitting punishment for his crime.
Regardless, what’s become of his suicide is that everyone sees him as a righteous martyr for what got him in trouble in the first place. He hacked JSTOR to download research that wasn’t his and committed a crime. The Internet argues this information should be free for everyone. First off, if you’re a researcher who needs access to the JSTOR database, your employer/university probably already has account for you. Realistically, how many random people not affiliated with a university or employer who could pay for access are out there hungry for the research JSTOR provides? Two, how entitled do you have to be to think you deserve someone else’s research/work on any terms other than the ones they set?
Finally, what kind of a bleak future are we looking at where content creators can’t get paid for their work because of entitled Internet users? I guess everyone’s going to have to take a day job they don’t want, then come home and actually work on the thing they want to create for free. This absolutely terrifies me as someone who aspires to be a writer
I didn’t 100% agree with him leaking information about how the NSA spied on US citizens, but I could completely understand how one could still be patriotic and do that. However, leaking information on how we spy on other countries jeopardizes US interests and foreign policy for no patriotic reason at all. He’s just another mad dog vigilante who is out of control.