[futurebasic] Re: Software Piracy

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From: Chris <behmc@...>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 00:19:22 -0500
> tedd 12/09/97 21:16 sperling@...
>>But, from another perspective, perhaps my time has passed. Perhaps ethics
>>and honesty have no longer a place in our society. Perhaps treating others
>>like you want to be treated is out of fashion. Perhaps putting in a full
>>day of work for a full day of pay is obsolete. Perhaps the days of honesty
>>and integrity are over.
>>But then again, if you are perceptive; you may see that all these things
>>are related; they have a common thread.  The world you want, is the world
>>you live. Either you understand the problem, or you are the problem.
>>Food for thought.
>Amen .. There is a teaching concept, introduced about 25 to 30 years ago,
>being expanded and intensified each year since, that the young should
>NEVER be made to feel ashamed of their actions .. It lowers their self
>esteem .. Those youngsters, knowing no shame, regardless of their
>actions, carry that sense of "Anything Goes" into adulthood
>I am in my twilight years .. And am very thankful to have lived in and
>with generations past, where only a VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE of the
>population had the "Take Care Of Number One .. ME" attitude that is so
>prevalent among a near majority today
>Pity the nation when the youth of today become adults ..
>Jim (^_^) s aplenty
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>Jim Henson,vegasswede@...

	As a perhaps uplifting thought we should remember that _every_
generation has believes the generation following it is going to bring the
world to its ruin.  I wish I could remember which article (and who wrote
the article) this came from.  I know it was published in or around the
Middle-ages.  It basically states that the growing capitalism of the next
generation coupled with their lack of respect for their elders will result
in the downfall of civilization and the desctruction of humanity.
	I _really_ wish I could cite that for everyone, but I can't.  I
hope you'll take it on faith that it was written.  I'm not in anyway
agreeing with software piracy, but it isn't the end of honesty, integrity
and the like.  I know that they still stand for something, maybe not the
same thing they did before, maybe not quite the way they did before.  But
they do stand.  Perceptions change as time passes and reflections of
"better days" look even better all the time.  I, myself, am a romantic at
heart and, almost by definition, find that the past always _looks_ better
than the present.  That's usually not the cut and dry case, and usually
there are things that are just as bad that were going on.  Each generation
changes and values change, software piracy _is_ wrong but just because it
happens doesn't mean that the values of the "main stream" are lessening.
	For instance, if the number of people using computers goes up then
the number of people who will steal computer software goes up.  The same
way that crime goes up as a city's population grows.  There are more people
who are willing to harm others to serve themselves.
	I'm not out to make any personal attacks, I'm not out to insult
anyone on the list.  I _am_ out to say that the younger generation, of
which I am _proud_ to be a member of, isn't the terrible, self-centered,
irresponsible, and morally degraded entity they are made out to be.  While
I agree that today's society has it's problems, lack of responsibility
being one of them, it angers me greatly when I and every other member get
trashed talked because there are some who seem to stand out.  There is some
strange human tendency to look and focus only on the bad.  Why is that?
The only answer I have is that it makes those that do the pointing out feel
better about themselves.
	Again, _please_, no one take this personally because it ISN'T about
anyone here, it isn't about anyone in particular at all.  I would just like
to make everyone stop and think about what they say before they say it.

Sorry for the long post,