A lot of my friends think I am crazy when I pay for software, apps, content, and music (even if I know how to use them for free).
Indians love to not pay for software, art or content, for most people here if it can be used for free, why pay?
I think of it as paying it forward to the industry for their work and art, the artist needs to be rewarded for his time, effort and skill or we run out of creativity from this world (and good software to use).
I feel very content that I have not watched any pirated movie, nor used any pirated or counterfeit product or software since almost two years now, I think of it as paying it forward to the community of geeks and artists, I always try to pay something at the least if not in full, I make small donations to websites that I enjoy reading and have improved my thought process, websites which are donations supported, I try to pay every year, (Wikipedia — 3 year donor), I love to pay for quality journalism, artists and software. Plain and simple.
Broke people don’t go on to become Mozart’s or Musk’s of the world, guys, please, pay it forward, donate bits to all chrome extensions, phone apps and plugins you use.
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are rich enough, that Chrome extension developer puts food on the table for his family with the 2$ donation you make to him for using his software for free or else he will be forced to sell your data.
Significance of 4th July for the USA
Today is 4th of July, 2017. It was the date when the USA of present-day took shape 241 years ago. Since then, today’s date is celebrated as the Independence Day in the USA. The calendars of USA mark this date as the most prominent one. For the USA and its citizens, the Independence Day brings a lot of celebrations in the form of family get together, baseball, parties, fireworks (the list goes on) along with a feeling of patriotism and love towards their country. Let’s have a look at what makes this day so special for them.
On 4th of July, 1776 the US won independence from the British Empire after going through the Revolutionary War. It was the same date when the US adopted the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago!
This day is most important for US citizens historically as well as patriotically. On this very same day, in 1776, the Thirteen Colonies of America declared themselves as states and declined to be under British regime. It happened after an exhaustive Revolutionary War. After the Declaration of Independence, the Revolutionary War continued for a while.
The Thirteen Colonies of US were perfectly in harmony with the British Empire. But the newly introduced taxation by Brits sparked the agitation in the US settlers which ultimately laid the foundation for the Revolutionary War.
The US achieved freedom after a rigorous struggle. Hence, 4th of July is celebrated as the most enthused and celebrated day in the US calendar.
The present day USA is referred to as the heaven of democracy. The US citizens and its founders have struggled a big time to be at the place where the present day USA stands today. It is truly an inspiration for everyone to witness such a triumph of patriotism.