Re: comment wrt. ESR's talk in Vienna

Autor: Eric S. Raymond (
Datum: Son Jul 14 2002 - 16:24:10 CEST

Martin Baehr <>:
> On Sun, Jul 14, 2002 at 11:14:59AM +0200, Karin Kosina wrote:
> > I can give you a present so that others are awed about how generous I
> > am. I can also give you a present because I like you and I want you to
> > feel happy about it, and/or because I think it will make your life
> > easier. :)
> yes, but in a truly altruistic sense it should not matter
> who gives the present to the person you like,
> however (at least to me) it makes a big difference
> that i am actually the person that gives you something to
> feel happy about, and not someone else.
> and that is the egoistic part here.

You nailed it, Martin!

This is the individual counterpart of my general assertion that craftsmanship
and the desire to help others are not sufficient to explain how hackers
behave. These emotions certainly exist, but they are not the whole story
and never can be.

		Eric S. Raymond
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