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Re: Software piracy- what would you do?
in thread Software piracy- what would you do?
informing, snitching, or otherwise sticking your nose
into places where it has no business in order to satisfy
one's self-righteousness, to stir things up, or for one's
own benefit, is among the most base and cowardly of human
I must say that I fundamentally disagree. Such an attitude
only leads to a total lack of accountability among all
affected parties. It leads to mentalities of, "I'll let
you get away with your stuff if you let me get away with
mine," which in turn makes everyone else distrustful. The
end result is that no one trusts anyone, and without trust,
no progress can be made. (Would I buy a car if
I knew everyone else would look the other way as it was
stolen from me?) It is this mentality that causes total
industrial, civic, aggricultural, and political stagnation.
You said you were from the former Soviet Union, correct?...
I can't think of a more fitting word for the Soviet
experience than "stagnant".
When you go out of your way to ensure implicit
agreements are upheld, the offending person
won't trust you, but everyone else in the world will. This
trust is the foundation of society. I for one would rather
have a someone do the right thing for self-righteous
reasons than the wrong thing for self-serving reasons.
At least I can trust the one self-righteous actions, if not
By the way, this concept of "Mutual Trust" being the
foundation for societies is not just some half-baked idea.
It's actually the foundation of economics. Money is nothing
but the embodiment of a favor. When I want something done,
I trade my "favors" (money) for what I want. Whoever gets
my money can then trade their money for whatever favor they
want. This whole system crumbles when no one can trust
anyone else to redeem their favor. Ever wonder why Russia's
economy has *never* been strong? The whole national
mentality is one of mistrust. Most Russian families horde
their life savings in American dollars because people
at least trust the American government to stand behind their
Sorry for getting a little offtopic.