January 16, 2003

Crisis of faith for Lessig

In the wake of the Eldred decision, Lessig has posted a heart-rending self-examination, a classic crisis of faith.

It hurts to lose. There is a such a belief of justice in the world, of good triumphing over evil. Principled people who want to make the world a better place and believe in doing good works, tend to be particularly vulnerable to this process.

It's an intrinsic problem. If you believe one person (you) can make a difference, it can be crushing to be defeated (contrariwise, if believed you couldn't make a difference, you wouldn't have tried in the first place).

As the saying goes: "Remember, no matter how hard you work, no matter how right you are - sometimes the dragon wins."


By Seth Finkelstein | posted in activism | on January 16, 2003 04:04 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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