My take on open source

English: Knowledge, mural by Robert Lewis Reid...
Knowledge, mural by Robert Lewis Reid. Second Floor, North Corridor. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. Caption underneath reads: IGNORANCE IS THE CVRSE OF GOD KNOWLEDGE IS THE WING WHEREWITH WE FLY TO HEAVEN. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Knowledge is attained only by an inquisitor whose attributes such as gender, religion, region of origin, financial status, etc. are to bare no consequence on his or her worthiness of attaining knowledge.The motivation and attitude of the inquisitor does bare a significant consequence on how he or she uses their knowledge but, the end result of such use, misuse or abuse can certainly defy all speculations.

By harboring curiosity and attempting to inquire, one has already made all the necessary steps for heading into the light. The actual task of understanding, remembering and appropriately utilizing knowledge is a challenge in itself. Hence, an incredibly dire reason should be valid for posing additional hurdles or barriers on an inquisitor’s thirst for knowledge.

Deliberately withholding information about basic research and public affairs from the public for the sake of pecuniary gains is a pathetic reason that should never be put into effect.

If a piece of knowledge is gleamed from the efforts of other people, a person who appreciates such efforts will make sure to reference or even remunerate them in kind. The act of diligently propagating the knowledge or practice unto others is also a form of honoring the predecessors how had made contributions to the body of human knowledge. Diligent propagation and fidelity however does not mean simple copying. One must always find ways to improve upon the previously attained knowledge and practices by using a formative approach.

What is a formative approach? A person who has a descriptive approach towards things reports what is and has been. One with a normative approach towards things asserts what ought to be. The one with a formative approach towards things observes what can be. 

The descriptive is seldom grounds for justifying the normative; it is only by exploring the formative that appropriate constraints can be discovered for vetting the normative.

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