I find food habits at Free Software events weird
This is a follow-up on: Why I use Free Software, Why I got into Veganism.
Since the Free Software movement in it's core is an ethical movement, which
cares about human rights and humans access and ability to study, share and
improve on the software they use. I'm well aware that not everyone in the
Free Software community is in it for ethical reasons - but I'm pretty sure
that there's enough of us that care about ethics for this to be important.
The Vegan movement is by definition an ethical movement that cares primarily
about the ethics when it comes to animals - but this often extends to being
nice towards human animals as well.
So by having both of these ideologies in mind I can only come to the
Conclusions about the free software communities
It's only natural for an ethical community that is ethical towards human
animals to extend these ethical values to non-human animals as well.
Therefore I see issues with some of the views on food that is easy to find
within several Free Software communities that I've observed or experienced
which seems conflicting to me. For example, in certain places: It's quite
common that people talk a lot about BBQ of animal flesh and secretions.
I don't find promotion of consumption of these items to fit within the
extended ethical values of the Free Software movement.
Conclusions about vegans views on software
My experiences with Vegans is quite limited, but within my own circles I
happen to see that most Vegans use primarily Free Software - but I don't
think that this is a representative view of all Vegans combined. Since both
Veganism and ethical Free software use are both ethical and niche.
This leads me to conclude that most Vegans either isn't aware of the ethics
of software freedom or simply think there's more important things to care
about - which I totally get and respect, especially if this non-free software
is used to promote veganism, which I nowadays find to be of higher value.
A general rule in today's society is the following: "vote with your wallet".
Or in other words:
- Use the software that follows your ethical values, you want to support and
see more of.
- Buy and eat the food that follows your ethical values, you want to support
and want to see more of.
If you care about ethics, make the ethical choice - all the time. Regardless
if it's towards human animals or non-human animals. Ethics isn't something
that you do "sometimes", it's somethings applied all the times.
Running non-free software on top of a Free Software stack is arguable
breaking ethics in less bad ways than eating non-vegan food since nobody dies
when you run a non-free program.
Date: 2021-01-26 Tue 21:30