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Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

With this toot I'm starting to collect personal considerations about the spiritual dimension(s) of using and writing Free Software and of participating in the FLOSS communities.
I'm going to start with a disclaimer: These are my personal thoughts and feelings. It's neither meant to instruct anyone else how to think or feel about these topics nor do I want to dictate any concepts to communities.

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Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

I'm highly aware most tech folks out there are not religious. I'm writing this for people who want to relate. And I'm writing this in English because I know targeting a world wide audience there are higher chances Christians using and writing Free Sofware are going to read and enjoy this thread. 😉

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

So, I think it's time to follow up on this topic. As stated above the spiritual dimension of FLOSS covers three areas that apply to Christian spirituality as well: The idea of freedom, the action of performing it (you may even say: living it) and the experience of doing that as and within a community. Meaning, the idea itself forms a community of people following the same idea(s).

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

If you are used to basic Christian ideas you already see strong analogies. (Going to resume this later.)

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

So, what is my personal relation to this topic and thread? It's probably quite simple: I'm living a life that's full of obligations. I'm doing a job that needs much time, heart and energy and I've got a family that needs and deserves the same. At the end of the day there is not much time l've got left I'd need for feelings of personal freedom. My spare time most of the time I'm counting in minutes, not hours.

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

So, given that it provides me a feeling of freedom and happyness to be connected with people and communities that do have the freedom (regarding time) to create Free Software (regarding freedom of use). Being able to use this software, connects me with their freedom and that indeed delivers a feeling of joy and happyness to me.

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

If you compare that experience to usual topics of Christian faith and practice (and especially: prayer) you are going to see quite huge similarities that may apply to a definition of the spiritual dimension of creating and using Free Software as well. Going to continue on this later.

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

@letterus I do feel that Protestant Christians should relate very well to Free Software. It's one characteristic of the church back in the time that Martin Luther guaranteed the murder of many people over silly things. Coming out of the Middle Ages, I'm fairly sure the church taught that it was immoral for peasants to learn how to read.

Free Software and Spirituality / Open Source Communities and Christianity 

@letterus While not being religious at all, I am looking forward to your ideas as I think we need a more philosophical (and why not spiritual) approach in all areas of life.

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