A week ago today, Aaron gave up. And since I received the call late Friday night telling me that, like so many others who were close to him, I have not rested. Not slept, really. Not connected with my kids, at all. Not held my wife except to comfort her tears, or for her to comfort mine.
I have been thinking about these words all weekend. They do more than encourage me. They convict me for the same optimistic rationalism that will inevitably lead to less freedom and the silencing of voices like Aaron Swartz. I cannot look my two sons and daughter in their eyes and continue to think this way.
"THE WORLD BREAKS EVERYONE, AND AFTERWARD, SOME ARE STRONG AT THE BROKEN PLACES." – HEMINGWAY