Short epigrams, mantras, and other brief reminders can serve as choice principles. They don’t necessarily tell you what to do, but give you things to consider because they matter to - even define - the community. Some I like are these
We reject: kings, presidents and voting.
We believe in: rough consensus and running code.
– David Clark
Our leaders are but trusted servants, they do not govern.
– Alcoholics Anonymous
Anarchy is law and freedom without force.
– Immanuel Kant
There is work every day in getting out of bed, as there is in writing things down, suggesting improvements, dreaming of the future. There is an understanding and agency linked in part to open source and open dis-organizations that gives us both permission to make changes and a responsibility of adopting a code, a document, or a process and maintaining it for our own sake and utility, as well as for others.
“Free as in puppies”
This expands on the classic “free as in beer” (this thing doesn’t cost anything) and “free as in speech” (you have some rights around this thing) to underline that free code (or anything) means that you need to put in the work to care for and house train the puppy over time.
“Be the freak you wanna see
Just don’t follow me”
– Death Grips, “Hacker”
This reminds me of the old Pantera “be yourself, by yourself” line off of “Walk”, but slightly more directed at actually standing out and being “the freak” you wanna see in the world, and not to blindly follow idols. It definitely resonates with the cyber-libertarian in me.