John Culkin (1967) : We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.
This has been the main axiom/guiding line I have been using for everything I do. I have no way of verifying its validity myself, that is why I call it an axiom.
And Conway’s law… for a societal level of effect.
When I realized that software is a way of shaping the behavior of the user and that of society, I considered it as one of the most important insight I had.
The free software movement is not about the freedom to change the software, but to change ourselves through software.
Similarly for Malleable software!