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What does that mean? For me?
Hacking is a statement of quiet revolt. If something is X and I can make it better by turning it into Y-- that’s hacking.
Hackerlife is unconventional living-- at scale. It’s subversive. It’s defiant. It’s revolution.
That’s why I love hacking. I’m a romantic about revolution. I blame it on watching Star Wars too many times as a kid and my middle school obsession with Les Miserables. Fuck the system-- any system. I understand that we need certain systems to survive as a species and function as a society. I actually don’t think I’d enjoy any part of an actual revolution, at least not at the moment (I haven't built my off-grid bug out, tiny home yet-- then maybe. After I learn how to grow shit to eat).
I’ll conform just enough to keep one foot in normalcy and food on my table. But I’ll always look for another way-- something outside of the system. Any system. And that’s why #hackerlife is so juicy to me. Now let me clarify, I’m in no way an experienced, techy-type hacker. I’m an utter newb when it comes to hacking with computers. I’m part of an amazing community of brilliant white-hat hackers and their work blows my mind.
My hacker community embraces this normie and are teaching me the ins and outs of their world. Yet, when I look at most of my adult life-- it’s been one giant hack. That’s what makes my life so interesting and so fucking different. I’ve hacked life for better and for worse-- and lived entirely outside of normal social structures.
In fact, the few times I did try to conform (mainly a side effect of romantic relationships) the end result was a giant trainwreck. Technology is the next logical step in my life of hacking. It fits. I get it. I also run a business based on the intersection of human communication and technology-- so why not hack that shit?
I dabble in other types of hacking-- bio-hacking fascinates me as does productivity hacking. I love to study the way people make anything better. Efficient systems are my jam. Negative connotations swirl around the word “hack” and that’s partially the media’s fault (and everyone else who doesn’t bother to understand what hacking really is). We only hear about black-hat hackers attacking our technology and our infrastructure.
We only hear about the bad. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of evil hacking out there, but there’s also plenty of good hacking happening every moment of every day. And plenty of good hackers punished for this world a better place-- regardless of the consequences.
We never hear about the white hat hackers fighting terrorists or nation states trying to do harm through technology. We never hear about people hacking their bodies to achieve more optimal health-- bypassing the western medical system all together. We never hear about the good that happens when people hack a system and make it better.
Maybe if we all hacked our lives just a little, we’d find more time, more space and more happiness. Maybe if we all hacked just a little bit, we'd collectively raise the level of consciousness and engagement of those around us.
If we started hacking more, maybe the politicians would have to stop destroying the systems we rely upon in order to line their giant pockets. If we all just hacked a tiny bit, maybe the revolution would happen with love and intention and not destruction and isolation.
Are you ready to be a hacker? You should be.
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