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Aaron’s magic was that he believed that that and so much else could change. More than that he believed that he could change it — that he could change the world. And he was right. By last Friday he’d already changed the world in so, so many ways. I’m very sad about what happened at many, many levels, and one of them is that I’m so sad that we’ll never see all the ways that he would have changed the world from here on out.

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If you’re in the tech sector, why are you there? What do you really believe in? If you believe that technology is making the world a better place, why do you believe that? Do you really understand what makes the world a bad place to begin with? I’m serious. If you’re in this room and you work in the technology sector, I’m asking you that question. Do you understand what makes the world a bad place to begin with? Have you ever spent time with and listened to the people your technology is supposed to be helping? Or the people it might be hurting?

— Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman’s eulogy at the Aaron Swartz NYC Memorial Service.

(Source: mretc.net)


And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about.

— John Steinbeck