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All Right, Software Piracy For the Win or Lose?

Let’s face it.  Software piracy has always been around since the days that people figured out they could copy 3.5″ floppy disks.  With the advent and proliferation of the availability of the Internet, some will argue that is made software piracy even worse.  A lot of the viewers of this blog have experienced or know about software piracy.  I myself have dabbled in parts of it too.  Let’s dive a little bit into why people pirate software, when everyone knows from a moral standpoint it is just plain wrong.  This is story number 4…

Software pirates, don’t chew me out! Read on to find out more.

Do You Lead a Double Life?

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I think this week I”m going to write a short series of random stuff on life, and what topic is more interesting than leading a double life?

What does it mean to lead a double life?  It’s very easy.  It is living a second life that you would not prominently display as your own in your everday actions.  Do not be fooled.  Living a double life can come in all shapes and sizes.  Below are some examples:

  • Student by day, drug dealer by night.
  • Soccer coach by day, pimp at night.
  • Business man by day, gambler at night.

This is just a short list, and of course not living a second life has to occur at night.  How many of us right now would say in public that piracy is bad?  *raises hand* With that said, how many of us practice in the art of piracy, while still knowing that it is bad?  *raises hand* Yup, a lot of what we do is contradictory I want to say.  There are tons of studies that show at least with the younger generation, a lot of them feel that downloading music for free is OK.  Of course, the argument is you wouldn’t steal an album from the store, so why download it?

The fact that a lot of things are digital, and the mentality that it is so easy to get drives off the morality factor for a lot of people.  I wasn’t going to buy that album, but I’ll download it anyway just because I can.

MP3 players are getting larger every year.  What percent of that Ipod hard drive is filled with pirated music? ;0  Yes, there are some honest people out there who use Itunes or whatever and purchase their music legally, but there is a large percentage that doesn’t.  If you want to support the artist, go to their concerts.

From a moral aspect, stealing is bad. End of story.  Yet you have bank robbers, shop lifters, identity theft, and the sort.  I’m sure these people know that stealing is bad, but engaging in criminal activities has huge benefits, right?

I am so sick of homeless people.  They lack the drive to become successful in life, and the “easiest” way to get by is to beg people for money and go to food shelters.

Last week I was at a gas station filling my car and I went inside to get a copy of my receipt.  When I was walking back to my car, I hear a voice: “Sir, do you have any change?”  I turn around, and here is this black teenager (probably 8th or 9th grade).  I am late for work, and I just stare at this kid in disbelief at what I just heard.  I just stared him straight down into his eyes for about 5 seconds, and then turn and continue walking to my car.

Yup, I didn’t say anything, but I should have.  Maybe something along the lines of :

“Yes, here is some change.”  Or “No, I don’t have anything to spare sorry.”  But I was just cold that day, so I said absolutely nothing and walked back to my car, although I was tempted to ask the kid if he should be in school (this was about 7:40am).  As I was about to enter my car, the kid had the nerve to ask again, but a little bit louder:

“Sir, you don’t have any change?” It sounded as if he was confused that someone would reject him?  The funny part of this story is that I did have some change in my car, but to hell with the kid.  He had to learn, and living the double life as a beggar was not the way to go.

Honestly, I felt bad as I drove away because I did have change, and I didn’t give any to him, or if I said something I might have lied, or maybe I wouldn’t.

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So what is my point?  My point is a lot of us probably do not practice what we preach or what we believe in, and this may necessarily cause us to live a double life, whether we know it or not.

On the outside you may appear to be the “pristine” and “holy” student, but what we don’t see is you reading from Cliffnotes or cheating on exams/homework.  This is the double life.  This is the life where you can’t give it up, even if you want to because the results of your double life is much better than doing things the honest way in your primary life.

What is it about the double life that intrigues us?  Is it the experience?  The glory?  The thrill?  Or is it the fact that living a second life makes it all the more interesting?  Yours truly lives the double life.  By day I work at a professional job, and at night I work on this blog as an “underground” author.  In my spare time I may divulge myself in some underground activities, and certain items I wouldn’t share with my co-workers, especially the older generation.

For young people, engaging in “deviant” acts is more acceptable among your peers, but to your elders you wouldn’t dare say anything that would incriminate you because they can bag your ass. :0  We are living double standards, and it follows us whereever we go.

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I don’t know where I want to go with this post, except I just wanted to make a point that many of the readers on this blog are living a double life at this instant.  Demonoid invite?  PS2 modding?  Porn links?  You just got caught red handed. Don’t worry, I won’t spill your secret, unless you want to in the comment section.

C’mon, am I the only one?  Leave a comment and tell us your story of your double life.

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I'm sure this guy is leading a double life. Does he look like traditional begger?