No, I don’t believe in genius. I believe in freedom. I think anyone can do it. Anyone can be like Rembrandt.
Certain things happened in the early church. Women who had never had any freedom suddenly have the ability to stand up and speak and be treated as equals within the life of the church.
Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.
All my life, Americans have been accustomed to thinking of theirs as ‘the richest, freest’ country in the world. By most measurements, it was long a contender for that honor, and – among the larger countries, if equal weight were given to wealth and indices of freedom – probably did deserve to be so described.
When I launched the development of the GNU system, I explicitly said the purpose of developing this system is so we can use our computers and have freedom, thus if you use some other free system instead but you have freedom, then it’s a success. It’s not popularity for our code but it’s success for our goal.