Today, on the 21st of January, it is 40 years since I was born in 1972. Therefore, I am taking the liberty of taking a day off from activism and celebrating this event with my close and dear friends and colleagues.
Of course, given the current escalation of insanities from authorities and the copyright monopoly lobby alike, it can feel a little frustrating to take a day off right now. It is at times like those that I remember the wise words of our first Member of European Parliament, Christian Engström:
If you feel you need some time off from activism, that’s the right thing to do. There is no reason to fear that the world will run out of evil while you’re away.
Some people have asked me what it feels like feeling 40, if I’m getting into some sort of expected crisis. On the contrary! Six years ago, on founding the Swedish Pirate Party, I discovered how much more fun it is to speak your exact mind and make a mess out of the status quo at the same time, and I have forty years left of all this fun to stir things up! All the fun I’ll have!
For the forces of evil certainly aren’t resting on their laurels. 2012 is going to be a really messy year on the front of civil liberties, calling for a lot of action and activism. There is too much evil happening to even try to list the bad stuff off the top of my head. Lots of work to do here.
But not today.
Today, I take a day off and celebrate like there’s no tomorrow.
But, alas, there is. See you on that tomorrow. I might be a little tired. Comes with age, you know.