"I once heard a story about a Colorado miner who, despite his
hard work, couldn't find gold. He eventually came to the conclusion
that the search was futile and he gave up and sold the mine. The
new owner took possession and proceeded to dig and lo and behold,
he found gold three feet from where the previous owner had stopped
digging. The new owner, needless to say, became a millionaire. No
doubt that it's one of these apocryphal inspirational stories
that's designed to show the value of some virtue. In this case,
"After reading the latest statements from Open Source luminary
Eric S. Raymond, I'm tempted to compare him with the first owner of
the gold mine..."
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