I Stand Alone

Jay

25 & residing in NYC. Student of life.
Infatuated with cars, good reads, and the pursuit of knowledge.

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are
and what you stand for, where you want to
go and why you want to get there. ~Kofi Annan

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nedhepburn:

Disappearing Manhattan.

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nedhepburn:

Disappearing Manhattan.

Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO

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wilwheaton:

Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.

We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.

Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.

Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.

Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.

We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.

While painful, the events of the last week show exactly why we need the web. So all of us can engage freely in the tough conversations we need to make the world better.

We need to put our focus back on protecting that Web. And doing so in a way that will make you proud to support Mozilla.

What’s next for Mozilla’s leadership is still being discussed. We want to be open about where we are in deciding the future of the organization and will have more information next week. However, our mission will always be to make the Web more open so that humanity is stronger, more inclusive and more just: that’s what it means to protect the open Web.

We will emerge from this with a renewed understanding and humility — our large, global, and diverse community is what makes Mozilla special, and what will help us fulfill our mission. We are stronger with you involved.

Thank you for sticking with us.

Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman

Sigh. This is what really everything has come down to. Someone does something that isn’t popular outside of their workplace, people find out about said something and come after them and invariably their workplace for employing them. Someone loses their job, company bows to public pressure, the angry people are satisfied that they won (i guess), and said someone has to live the rest of their lives in disgrace for not agreeing with what everyone else agrees with. Doesn’t matter if whatever it is that people are upset over has zero effect on how said person does their job. 

As much as people like to throw things under the banner of acceptance or tolerance or equality and all those other nice buzzwords, it really means nothing. In the world we live in, you generally must go along with whatever the prevailing thought is and accuse the other side of being insensitive and wrong about their beliefs and shame them into believing what you believe in. Free speech is no longer free. You are no longer free to live life as you see fit. 

Its not enough to treat someone with opposing view points with respect. Not even enough to accept those view points because they’re entitled to  have them regardless of how wrong they may be. You must agree with it unequivocally, lest you be shamed into submission. It’s sad really.

There are no winners here. Its terribly unfortunate. 

Lunch with my lady #springishere! (at Bryant Park)

Lunch with my lady #springishere! (at Bryant Park)

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breens:

You don’t see how your lies is affecting me?
You don’t see how our life was supposed to be?
And I never let a nigga get that close to me
And you ain’t cracked up to what you were supposed to be
You always gone, you always be where them hos will be
And this the first time she ever spilled her soul to me

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Home, otherwise known as St. Lucia. Took these a few years back on my last trip there, and I miss the place. I wouldn’t go back to live permanently  but its just nice being home. Bread from the bakery in the morning, beautiful beaches, the food, the people, its just all nice. 

Top is somewhere near Vieux Fort and the bottom is Castries harbor. 

Outrage Porn: How Need For Perpetual Indignation Creates Phony Offense | Betabeat

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These birds were nice enough to let me take their picture at Riverbank State Park earlier today. 

These birds were nice enough to let me take their picture at Riverbank State Park earlier today. 

"Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now."

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Eckhart Tolle (via kvtes)

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