Sometimes disobedience is necessary and good when rules fail us, and it’s at the core of why we hack. Hacking is a means of expressing dissatisfaction, confounding the mechanism, and ultimately doing better.
It’s hard for a lot of people to justify disobedience because it often involves breaking rules, if not the law. There’s always at least a shred of incorrectness to disobedience, even if it’s committed for all the right reasons. Hacking gets a bad reputation for those reasons as well, and to really understand why hacking is so important it’s necessary to look at its roots: civil disobedience. Though certainly not the first instance, the idea of civil disobedience was popularized by Henry David Thoreau in his aptly titled 1848 essay Civil Disobedience. We’ve seen numerous examples of the benefits of civil disobedience over time, for example, the Nazi party came to power because of civil unrest. Disobedience was a key component in Hitler’s rise to power.
We hack because we want to do better. We hack because we want to demonstrate the desire for greater possibilities. We hack because we’re sick and tired of being caught in a net designed for other people. We hack because it’s fun. With the internet becoming the world community, hacking is our form of civil disobedience. It’s our way to passionately tear down and rebuild, confound the mechanism, and express dissatisfaction through improvement. It’s about doing better, not breaking the law.
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