Friday, 19 July 2013

Free is Worth Nothing

This blog is worth nothing. As in the information posted here may on occasion be of value to you, but this blog will never generate revenue because everything is given away for free.

OK, so that’s pointing out the obvious but please indulge me for another minute as I have a fetish for pointing out the obvious. You see I sat down recently and wrote a short list of all the things that truly value in my life. It was a rather short list. The one thing that stood out was that all of them had come through struggle, strife, heart-ache, and sacrifice.

This made me consider all the things that I consider to be free in my life and question: 1. Are they really free? 2. Do they have any value?

Hereford Cathedral Chained Library, Hereford, England
And now the point of this blog post….

There is a huge amount of information available today online in the general category (bucket) called Esoteric and Occult information. Ignoring information that is shared in breach of copyright there is still a huge amount of information available compared to what previous generations had access to.

Is that information of any worth? I would argue that the fact that there is easy access is not of any worth. Which, in a way, makes it even harder to make that information meaningful in my practice.

The information that I have struggled hours, days, weeks, or even months to gain has already gained some value on the simple basis that it was hard to come by. I feel a greater emotional connection to the book I waited 6 months to buy than all of the free content I have found online. That emotional investment means that I will spend the years of work required to translate and integrate the information in my practice.The hard-drive filled with PDFs containing esoteric information will probably never get read.

So in conclusion and to re-state the obvious… the things that I personally value have all come through significant (and sometimes continuous) effort, often with a level of resistance that more often than not came from me rather than an external source. The greater the investment of time & effort – the more it is of value.