I hope this doesn't establish a pattern for the year:
Luckily, we learned with 12 21 12
that numbers and their significance
may or may not
be something to get our knickers in a twist about.
So I'll try not to take this idea that an entire year
could be bad luck,
bad stuff is happening,
to either stick their fingers in their ears and pretend it's not relevant
or twist the facts to suit their needs
or to look for a real answer.
Well, I don't mean to make too strong of a parallel
between the suicide of a brilliant man
and controlling guns,
though there is something to be said
for the fact that yes, I think Aaron Schwartz was chastised
for being too smart.
And sadly, we live in a country where
being smart is not to be trusted.
And in that same country,
being armed is valued.
For some reason, the idea of anti-intellectual folks
armed with guns
makes me (a college teacher)
I'm going to have a lot more to say about Aaron Schwartz's death,
but for now I'll say:
something like this was bound to happen.
Aaron Schwartz may have understood,
innately, and early,
that ownership of texts
is an archaic value.
Knowledge is to be shared,
and if we want to create an intelligent public,
we have to get it out there.
Aaron Schwartz knew that.
May he Rest In Peace.