There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is whether or not to commit suicide.
Aaron committed suicide at a young age of 26. This documentary on life of Aaron Swartz teared me up. I felt immensely for him but more than that I felt for the world we live in. What a loss! Galileo, Socrates, Jesus and many others have been persecuted because they were not only exceptionally bright but also loved truth and wanted to make world a better place to live. Aron Law Act was made by the government once he was dead and internet showed an unforeseen support for him and literally wept. But why after his death? British government apologized to Turing after a long time and now Galileo is a hero. Socrates and Jesus are revered more than most. Why all veneration and respect only after their departures? Why world is such a place that it can’t take and honour geniuses like Aaron when they are living. These are merely rhetorical questions. The world is so by design. Aaron accomplished in his 26 years of life more than most of us can’t do even in 100 years. His biggest achievement was successfully running the protest against SOPA. I do remember when it happened in 2011 but I didn’t know at that time that the protest was being lead by a 24 year old genius.
The documentary is a wonderful story of a man who loved freedom and truth. Apart from his family members Cory Doctorow and Lawrence Lessig were pained most by his death. He was inspired by the inventor of the World Wide Web and he also met him. Lee distributed his invention for the betterment of mankind instead of monetizing it and created an inspiration for millions of people. Aaron also wanted to be like Lee. Lee also considered Aaron’s departure a great loss. Rest in peace Aaron.