Walking for Freedom…

“Be the change you wish to see in the World”
— M.K.Gandhi

“Millions of people worked hard and even paid with their lives to earn us the freedom we enjoy today. Is our current generation aware of the value of this freedom? From the lack of social and political sensitivity and the lack of activism in our society it might seem that this is not so. It is as if we are devaluing freedom every day. With the commercialisation of almost every sphere of life, most people are not able to find any time to put in effort to fight this alarming trend. Most, but not everybody. At Zyxware, we have decided to focus our efforts to tackle this issue head on.”

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History has seen that in times of crisis, people show extraordinary capacity for sacrifice, to fight for a just cause. But the crisis has to be first perceived as a crisis. During the British rule, it was fairly easy for the masses to understand that they were being oppressed and they stood up against it.

Today, we live in a world that it is in severe crisis. Our energy supplies are running out, and what could be worse, our renewable resources, the very ecosystem which nurtures and sustains us, is losing its ability for renewal. But do we acknowledge this crisis? The biggest challenge is that people who benefit from the current trend of consumerism and exploitation are the ones who have a say. The cries of those who depend directly on Nature for their livelihood, of the ones most affected, are lost in the wilderness. Activism is the need of the hour, but how many of us realize it? “If we don’t act now, we probably wouldn’t have a chance to act at all.”

Regarding Information Technology, the core competency of the group leading the Freedom Walk, thanks to the vision of a certain Richard Mathew Stallman, we have an excellent alternative to proprietary software. But the fight is far from over. There are a host of problems which the Libre Software Community faces today- right from Digital Rights (Restrictions) Management, the sinister moves of proprietary software giants to infiltrate into the world of Free Software, Document Freedom… there are a lot of challenges ahead.

Anoop John, CEO Zyxware Technologies, and friends, are undertaking this Freedom Walk from Kasargod to Thiruvananthapuram, starting on Gandhi Jayanthi, with the idea of bringing together individuals and organizations committed to the society, and spreading awareness about three freedoms:

  1. Freedom from Social Evils – A social evil is something that works against the development of our society.And it could be anything from poverty to corruption.
  2. Freedom to Live our Future – The biggest concern of our day is shrinking energy supplies and looming environmental catastrophes. If we don’t act now, we probably wouldn’t have a chance to act at all.
  3. Software Freedom – Software is a tool that allows us to process information. Information should be open and should benefit everybody. Knowledge belongs to the world. Consequently the tools that are used to process this information and create knowledge should be open as well.

Please spread the word about this initiative and help make it a success.

4 thoughts on “Walking for Freedom…

  1. Just chanced upon this. Curious: how are resource management, and proprietary software sufficiently linked to have a common walk on the theme?

    Highwaystar

  2. wow.. kasargode to trivandrum eh… thats pretty long… are u planning to take part..

    hmm the cause is noble.. but like u said, the awareness is what matters and is needed most now..

  3. @anon

    Well, the walk is about Freedom.. in different walks of life.. people nowadays seem to value convenience more, and this is a movement to fight that trend..

    @hari

    Yeah.. pretty long.. they plan to do it in a month and a half.. The revived FSUG Calicut is planning to conduct a meeting when they pass through here. I hope to take part then..

    The main idea is to try and bring together people and organizations who are committed to the cause, who might be scattered over the state right now.

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