Saturday, January 19, 2013


In ancient Rome, the genius (plural in Latin genii) was the guiding spirit or tutelary deity of a person, family (gens), or place (genius loci). The noun is related to the Latin verb gigno, genui, genitus, "to bring into being, create, produce." Because the achievements of exceptional individuals seemed to indicate the presence of a particularly powerful genius, by the time of Augustus the word began to acquire its secondary meaning of "inspiration, talent."

I seriously doubt the existence of the self, in the sense of an entity that occupies some point in a person. I think we are each a part of the fabric of existence. We are trapped by language in believing that we are independent and free, but we are actually part of what we observe, what we react to, what we understand. A genius is someone who can observe, recognize, react and understand in an effective way by overcoming self and conforming with the contexts that surround and define them. This conformity is not about submission, or even acceptance, its about understanding and acting.

Aaron Swartz (1986-2013); once u use property to circumvent consumption, the law will step in.

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