I was a playground princess for 3 days until Ellie P. learned how to make her own paper crown. The giant rock to the side of the sandbox was a lonely throne and I was happy to have a royal family until I realized she didn’t intend to share the kingdom at all.
She pulled off my crown and stepped on it, chiding me all the way. She said I might have been a princess for years had I not revealed my secrets. By showing anyone who asked how to make a paper crown, I sacrificed an empire– and you know what?
I didn’t care.
Though the exact word wouldn’t exist for many years later, it was that day that made me into an Open Source aficionado. I’m a fan of programs that are free access, as well. It’s all part of the idea that secrets fuel power, but knowledge…
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