The Missionary Church of Kopimism has now been officially ratified as a religion in Sweden. I have in the past heard it accused of being a frivolous endeavour, but I find such calumny ignorant.
This Kopimism values and reveres copying of information as a holy act of intrinsic sanctity. Far from being an excuse for filesharing, it is an endorsement of friendship and sociable nature as virtues to be held in higher esteem than fame, fortune, beauty, or ”success”. Copying is a social act, you see, as copying information one has for one’s own sake would be meaningless. By sanctifying copying as an act, Kopimism elevates the exchange of knowledge, opinions, and culture – the fundaments of social interaction – to paramount admirability. In so doing, it invokes concepts traceable to the philosophies of antiquity.
Eipcureanism and Stoicism primarily spring to mind, being movements that stress friendship and contemplation over wealth, power, and licentiousness. Such beliefs entail no frivolous enterprise, but a profound re-evaluation of those precepts of our society which have led to that vicious love for money and status which has dogged our species since prehistory. By extolling the elimination of pain and cultivation of pleasant relations over the pursuit of licentious pleasures – wheather in this life or a perceived next one – these philosophies undermined in theory and metaphysics, if not always in practical authority and influence, the paradigm of the heaven-hunting theists, money-craving capitalists, tax-toting socialists, and technophobic environmentalists which remains the scourge of civilisation to this day.
By invoking such ideals of so dignified origins, Kopimism sets itself beyond the merely political ideal of a free internet, and affirms instead the metaphysical importance of the proliferation of information among people as a supremely social act, and therefore a supremely meaningful act. By virtue of its new beginnings, however, Kopimism is not weighed down by the baggage of the ancient philosophies, such as the determinism of the Stoics, or the personality cult of the Epicureans. Kopimism is, in short, a religion with ideological roots in antiquity, but which also embraces Enlightenment ideals like secular humanism and a belief in people’s ability to change the world.