Please look out for others

Posted January 14th, 2013 by dale

You are probably aware by now of the apparent suicide of Aaron Schwartz at the age of 26. There are a number of moving pieces. (See links below.)

One that spoke to me was the ending of Limor (adafruit) Fried's piece https://www.adafruit.com/blog/2013/01/13/aaron-swartz-november-8-1986-ja... which I quote here:

".... Please everyone, look out for each other – we all get depressed, every smart person does – get each other help, even when it’s hard to have tough conversations about it (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK)."

If you find it difficult to talk with a friend who's having trouble, I'm willing to try to talk to you about what it feels like to talk to a parent after you can't talk to your friend any more - it might help you do the right thing up front.

-Dale

Here is my comment to Limor's post:

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I didn't know Aaron personally but we have all benefited from his work. We have clearly lost a (perhaps flawed - aren't we all) treasure for yet another collection of our society's failings.

Many folks (Lessig, Gilmore, Norton among others) have written moving pieces which I recommend to all. If they move you, channel your feelings toward something constructive.

Your reminder about looking out for each other is excellent and should be repeated more often. I failed on that front once and still find it difficult to think about.

Once again we are reminded that "you don't know what you've got 'til its gone".
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Read more about Aaron at:
Dan Gillmore: http://dangillmor.com/2013/01/12/remember-aaron-swartz-by-working-for-op...

Lawrence Lessig: http://lessig.tumblr.com/post/40347463044/prosecutor-as-bully

Alex Stamos: http://unhandled.com/2013/01/12/the-truth-about-aaron-swartzs-crime/

Cory Doctorow: http://boingboing.net/2013/01/12/rip-aaron-swartz.html