Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder
Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2014 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.
My ha-ha-only-kidding joke: Everyone thinks they're chaotic good when they're actually lawful neutral.
What rules do I unthinkingly follow? I don't want to reassess my rules every single time I use them; that's paralyzing. And I want the momentum that comes from consistency, and some rules I follow because I am committed to the values beneath them. As "Red Family, Blue Family: Making sense of the values issue" (via Making Light) puts it, "We believe that a life without commitments is superficial and empty." But we choose those commitments; it's not just a default. It means something that I obey laws, because I could choose not to. And every once in a while I should check what conveniences have turned into habits have turned into laws.
Anyway, this is a longwinded way of saying that I finally added a bit more chaos to my life: I switched licenses for this blog. It used to be noncommercial/no derivatives. Now:
Please copy and paste my advice into IRC chats with volunteers. Please translate things. Please make silly and inspiring things I couldn't have imagined. And please credit the raw material back to me.
11 Mar 2014, 10:36 a.m.