Should I be persecuted for voting Democrat? What about voting for or giving money to gay marriage? It cuts both ways remember.
You can do what you want, but you have to understand the consequences of your actions. It is my absolute right to not support you if you stand for an opinion contrary to mine.
Now, as consumers of a product, it is our right to not use/buy the product to not financially support acts that go against our beliefs and moral stances (just like we choose to buy organic, or buy american, or buy fair trade, etc.)
If you are a middle or lower class person trying to pursue music you are being irresponsible.
If you think pursuing a dream and trying to fill your life with something fulfilling is irresponsible, I pity you. I would rather die trying to do what I love in life that be "responsible" and miserable.
These are all languages which can be easily approached. They all can be run from the command line and have a fairly simple syntax for beginners. They allow to start with a simple one liner 'hello world', and can go all the way to OO concepts, database connections, web dev, interaction with other languages/concepts, etc...
Also, they provide the instant gratification needed for the beginner as it's easy to find simple projects that would satisfy the needs of a newcomer (creating a simple web form, a script to list all their mp3s, an equation solver, a graph plotter, etc... )
Personally, I started with BASIC (before I had a computer, writing programs on paper...) and if I had to do it all again, I'd probably go with PHP
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