to be worthy of : merit <deserves another chance> intransitive verb : to be worthy, fit, or suitable for some reward or requital
The definition hasn't changed much since it was defined by Webster in the most authoritative dictionary of our time...the 1913 volume. But, as many younger people feel about music, if it's old, it's not good.
Newsflash kids...words are eternal.
Ask Aristotle or Plato..Kierkegaard. If those examples of linguistic longevity don't convince you...
You can always ask Jesus. There are a few folks who believe He put the Exist in Existentialism.
All of this helios just to discuss the word "deserve"?
Yeah...and there's more behind that.
See, we live in a place in time where words like "awesome" are used in the context where the word "cool" or "impressive" would be better suited. "Awesome" is a tornado dropping from the heavens to plow unimaginable destruction...or a double rainbow drawn against the rolling fury of an Arizona dust storm. Being one accused of hyperbole on a semi-regular basis, I feel qualified to comment on this particular subject. As I've also given my life to the spread of FOSS and GNU/Linux, those qualifications just multiplied exponentially.
Or so says me.
It's the Fourth of July. This is the day Americans celebrate their independence. Personally, I don't particularly think going to the lake and getting hammered out of one's mind is suitable homage...but that's not for me to judge. No, I prefer to spend a few hours of this day in deep reflection. Being a military man myself, I know just a tad about the sacrifice those before us made on order for us to celebrate this day...but just a tad. My minuscule experience/contribution is a glimmer of time compared to those who served before me...and it's those accumulated glimmers that I contemplate. They converge and congeal into a magic mirror of sorts...a window into struggles past - The Frozen Choson, Gettysburg, Pork Chop Hill and the Tet battle for Saigon.
We got it right the second time.
Many before us have given much so we can be where we are today...we Americans. But through it all, none of it would have been possible...not the way we know it today, without the brilliance, sacrifice and altruistic spirit of those who formed The Union. Names that we recognize like Hamilton, Jefferson, Franklin and Washington...they are the ones with almost psychic ability to foresee our weaknesses and write into the system the way for even the most weak to be protected...and ways to keep those who would be predators from strewing their torn parts across the landscape.
I have to be careful here...this is where I generally get into trouble.
There are parallels here...parallels between this thing we do and what our forefathers forged into being. Both are struggles for freedom. In both cases there were tyrannical forces that opposed their beliefs and practices. Of course, one involved life and death...the other philosophical beliefs. But make no mistake. Unless we gather and forge our own union, we stand the chance of being squashed into non-existence.
And Please...don't respond by mentioning in any way, shape or form how the "Linux Community" is going to rise to the challenge. There is no "Linux Community". Those who believe there is...go ahead.
Leave that tooth under your pillow one more night. The Tooth Fairy probably just got behind in her rounds.
"Helios, I Deserve the right to use Linux and FOSS." "I Deserve to be able to download and distribute this software. It's my RIGHT".
Ok...I can go with that. It IS your right.
Now tell me just exactly what you've done to "Deserve" it?
There are only a relative handful in this community that "deserve" anything. We all hold the right to this thing we do...but deserve? Most of us don't "deserve" a damned thing...any more than any other person on the Dole waits at the mailbox for the next subsistance check to be delivered...or the next Kernel update. You "Deserve" this? Oh...and just tell me how.
Go ahead...I'm listening.