Software does not, by itself, change the world
Andy Wingo wrote some thoughts on rms and gnu. Although I don’t agree with the description of RMS as doing nothing for GNU, the part describing GNU itself is spot on:
Software does not, by itself, change the world; it lacks agency. It is the people that maintain, grow, adapt, and build the software that are the heart of the GNU project — the maintainers of and contributors to the GNU packages. They are the GNU of whom I speak and of whom I form a part.