I wish I had the opportunity to know you before you left us. In the words of George Bernard Shaw,
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
You were one of the brightest & most unreasonable men we had. With your sad & tragic passing, it is up to us to carry on your work and do our part.
May the tears
in our collective eyes
help energize us
to clear our collective minds
to see injustice better &
to try to make progress in this world
for the limited time we have.
In the words of Aaron in “F2C2012: Aaron Swartz keynote – “How we stopped SOPA”“.
For more, see articles & posts from Cory Doctorow, Larry Lessig, Guardian, TorStar, CBC, and “ongoing posts about Aaron, his memorial service, his death, and the malicious prosecution brought by the DoJ against him“.
2013 Jan 17 update re: Twitter #PDFTribute to Aaron:
– Washington Post video interview with Eva Vivalt, the woman behind the campaign, tells us why she launched it, “Aaron Swartz honored with #PDFTribute”
– Fast Company, “Researchers, Academics Remember Aaron Swartz with #PDFTribute”