I didn’t write anything in my blog for more than one year but the latest events in Mozilla make me open my blog again and write something because I care about Mozilla and the last 10 days were hard on me as on everyone.
I always look at Mozilla as the United Nations of the virtual world, I am an United Nations employee for more than 8 years, everyday I go to work, I meet and work with people from different background, at my division we are almost 25 people from almost 25 countries, in the agency we are around 500 employees from more than150 countries. We all work together even if we are from different background, environment, culture, views and languages; we all work for one cause and one mission. One of our core values is to respect diversity, be tolerant and working in multicultural environment, we respect the human rights because we promote it and support it around the world. We believe that everybody is equal whatever their sex, or color or race or believes. When you decide to join and you sign your contract you agree on the terms and conditions of the work, leave your politics to yourself and leave them at home, at work we have one mission is to make our mission a success and to bring peace to this world, and if someone break that oath, they will be judge by the rules and regulations that are defined in the Human Resources. I do not care what our Director (the public face of the the organization) believes and I don’t want to know too. All I care about is he respect our rules, values and regulations, if he did something against them he will be out. I am always looking at Mozilla like my real life work; diversity, multicultural, freedom, about choices and human rights over the web (by providing everyone access to the open web). I don’t care what people political views are, or what do they believe in, I care that we all as Mozillians working together to promote the open web, to spread our culture and to give people choices and not taking these choices from them. To show the world that we are unique, even if we are different in many aspects but we still respect each others and work together as one.
What happened lately was a shock for me as for others, I thought Mozilla is politics proof. But I saw politics came to Mozilla, I was struggling as others, we all had mixed feelings. During my 10 years of contributions; Mozilla is the place that I run to when I want to escape from the political world, I consider it a place with no politics. I look at it as the Utopia and how the world should be. I care about Mozillians that helped to defend the web, we all are representing Mozilla and we are the face of it, every action we do in the name of Mozilla are affecting us.
I will move forward as others will do, because our mission is bigger than anyone and I will be back on the track again but I think I need time to catch my breath, to heal and I need a little break to clear my mind and focus again.