Protesting SOPA and PIPA

I just logged into facebook and my friends are contemplating staying completely offline tomorrow (Jan 18, 2012) to protest the SOPA and PIPA “laws”. Here
are the facts from PC World.

I heard on the news today that Wikipedia is blacking out their English site worldwide.

I wanted to double check for myself and yes, here’s a screenshot of my browser taken a few minutes ago.

I admire them!

I’m wondering what action I can take… I could black out my personal sites but what about the sites where I work? Unlikely that I can get consensus on this by midnight.

For now, I will continue to dream of a thriving “gift economy” (you know, where you download a song for free and if you love it and want to support the artist, you make a donation). The artists gift you their art with love, and if you love the art (say it’s music), you gift the artist in return… No strings attached.

Yes, I know there are some that will abuse this. But passing closed-minded laws out of fear is not the answer. No matter what laws exist, those who are stealing will continue to find ways to steal.

Oh, and my dream is not only for artists… Can you imagine a world where business is conducted with the principles of a “gift economy”? Ah! I can dream.

All decisions (law making is decision making) are made in one of two ways: Out of love, or out of fear. I want to speak up for Love!

 

Courage That Inspires

Today, on the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I find myself reflecting on dreams. We all have dreams. I have them. The powerful dreams are those that are shared and actually propel humanity to Our Highest Purpose.

It’s inspiring to see the number of friends on Facebook that are posting links and videos to commemorate the life of MLK.

Here’s a link to Letter from Birmingham Jail.

When searching for a photo in the public domain of MLK, I came across this one on wikipedia of Rosa Parks with him in the background.

Appropriate I thought because this morning, on Facebook, the first post I saw was a photo of MLK with a photo of Gandhi in the background on the wall behind him.

We are all connected and every courageous action we take that is honoring our humanity can inspire and act as a support and a foundation for others – a kind of Pay it Forward catalyst for inspiration.