An Open Source Philosophy of Life

Today I want to introduce the idea of open source philosophy.

I will be adapting the basic philosophy of Richard Stallman’s ideas of free software. He is the architect of the GNU General Public License, which in turn inspired the creative commons license, which this website is licensed under.

My innovation is to apply these ideas to philosophy, specifically the idea of a philosophy of life. This is the worldview that guides one’s way of life.

An open source philosophy of life should have the freedom to live the philosophy, the freedom to modify it to your life and current evidence, the freedom to redistribute copies of the philosophy of life, and the freedom to distribute modified versions of the philosophy of life.

It is my belief that Humanism should be seen as an open source philosophy of life. It should be open for modification as new evidence comes in, and it should be customizable to one’s cultural and social context.

I believe that in order for philosophy to be useful it has to be hackable. Everyone should be able to modify it and publish their modification without copyright restriction.

This is why copyleft is so important. It keeps the philosophy of life open to correction and improvement by everyone.

And let’s be honest, everybody has their own twist to whatever religion or philosophy they hold. I just think we need to encourage free sharing so that improvement becomes easier.

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Jay Forrest

Jay N. Forrest is a philosopher and IT professional. He is an ordained Humanist minister, a Certified Meditation Teacher, and a decade-long Linux user.