Yesterday I found out about Mircea Popescu having drowned at sea. That made me quite sad indeed. Hannah confirmed it, and by the replies she left on her comments it does seem to actually be Hannah.
Although we weren’t friends and I didn’t expect to be invited for tea anytime soon, I still kept
an ear out for what the man had to say.
Because I valued his view of the world, I valued the way he didn’t give a shit about whatever anyone thought of him. I saw him as someone who valued speaking the truth as he saw it, and most of the time I felt his view of the truth was something that the world gained to know, if only to think about.
His view on Bitcoin matched my own, as something essential and fundamental, something that didn’t ask permission to anyone to be its own, new, thing. Something that had more in common with a new fundamental law of physics than a simple piece of software.
His view on life in general and on personal relationships in particular got me thinking, because he was asking the hard questions. What’s the point of life if not to live it fully, uncompromisingly, according to one’s own ethics? What is the point of personal relationships, if one’s time is spent calculating and working around other’s feelings and expectations?
I feel for the ones he held close to him and my thoughts go to them. I was very upset when I saw trilema.com had gone down, and especially upset at myself for not having kept a copy of its texts, hopefully the dulap mirror download that’s currently in progress on my computer will finish without errors so that I’ll be able to set up a mirror if trilema doesn’t end up coming back up.
Bye Mircea, the French guy will miss you.
mp_en_viaje: shocking, i suppose, but in the end, it’s what we’ve got.