Because I find myself profoundly affected by the death of someone I didn’t know - Aaron Swartz, activist and inspiring human - I have decided to pledge here, publicly, my intention to work towards a just world.
Because I know the terrible dissonance of seeing a world of beautiful possibly overlaid so closely atop the actual world. I know the pain of seeing how a few definitive actions could turn the cold, cruel world into a world where suffering is diminished rather than tolerated or encouraged.
Because power in the form of physical wealth, health, and knowledge is kept from those who need it most and I believe there is a moral imperative for those of us with more (wealth, health, knowledge) to help those of us with less.
Because I cannot abide living idly while violence (physical, financial, or political) is still considered the best way to prove who is correct.
Because those with power abuse it to their own personal gain.
Because curiosity should be rewarded, cherished, and regarded as the best of traits.
I pledge to share my knowledge.
I pledge to hold accountable those in power.
I pledge to speak up about racism, sexism, ageism, and homophobia: to counter bigotry and hatred where I find it. And to allow others mistakes, and help them understand how they are being hurtful.
I pledge to not let fear, cynicism, and apathy guide me.
I pledge to be an activist every day.
I pledge to make the world that wouldn’t have killed him.