This young man just killed himself, & he’s worth knowing about.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 12, 2013
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Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 1.59.53 PM Image: NY Times. Click for story.

Update, via Reddit, which he co-founded/or worked on in the early years and was a part of its sale to Conde Nast. This link also includes a link to a discussion on Reddit, and a letter from his family.

Update: Shame on you, FBI.

This happened.

I just spent the morning reading this. “How to Get a Job Like Mine.”

Then reading this. “RIP, Aaron Swartz,” by Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing. It’s free to share, but I think it’s best we reward Cory for his thoughtfulness by reading it on his site.

Then watching this. “How we Stopped SOPA.”

And I’m better for it, more inspired, saddened, and grateful for all he’s done.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “This young man just killed himself, & he’s worth knowing about.”

  1. randolphr says:

    I only learned of him today. My goodness, what a remarkable young man. The 22 minute video above was part of my morning's awakening(s) and all too literally so. I feel like I must have been alone on an island for the past year to have not been aware & informed about SOPA ….. How much else have I allowed to pass by ? ….

    I read that "Swartz was facing up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine".

    …… Some part of me now wants to be alone on that island ….. I don't know if that's a problem or a solution …. Neither do I know what all exactly it was I awoke to this morning, but it was startling …. and bracing, and sad.

    Aaron Swartz was a good & principled individual. His goals were morally aspirational rather than personally ambitious …. (I trust I'm making sense here) …. He wasn't seeking to exploit & monetize, but to share & inform …. We were all deserving of his efforts and intentions and remain so. He saw the many needs, fraught with many angles, and fought to address them.

    How to repay this ? How to maintain that standard ?

    I guess I'm still searching for the best question much less the best answer.

    If nothing else, we deserve the best of each other.

  2. kridati says:

    “Great minds carry heavy burdens."

  3. streamfortyseven says:

    Read through these essays of his – and there are many more on yet another weblog – and you'll begin to see what has been lost:

    God only knows what he could have been in the years to come. Thanks to MIT and an overzealous Federal prosecutor, we'll never know.

  4. shelleyreece says:

    It's very reckless to place the blame of this on anyone – MIT, Federal prosecutor, whatever. Aaron had been thinking about suicide for years, talking about it publicly, and did suffer from severe depression. Don't make his death into another reason to hate on people… it's hypocritical.

  5. Munni says:

    This young man was "snuffed" out. So what he was thninking about killing himself- he DID NOT, of course he was shut down. He was ingenius =let us protect these young strong people -that stinky place holly wood yuk

  6. caroline good says:

    I only learned of Aaron Swartz yesterday, even though I know I participated and contributed to his petitions. It is so tragic to lose someone who had such laudable ideals and cared for humanity so much.

    I’ve thought of Aaron since reading about his death and feel robbed and like I lost something.

    He is at peace now, and we still can mourn such a loss.