Your post is very well written and thoughtful. Your introspection and social consciousness are strong indicators that you will find the right path.
I tend to believe that arrogance is a maturation stage in the development process of individuals with a pronounced strength. Like any other stage of development, some take longer than others to grow out of it. Those who persist the longest require an awfully exceptional strength, or far more likely, a growing ecosystem of isolation and denial.
I think humility, in a sense, distinguishes truly bright individuals from those who are merely clever. The acquisition of knowledge is useful, but true understanding requires comprehension of scope and context. Understanding the outer limits of a thing necessarily leads to humility: the expansive nature of most heady subjects is such that no individual can master the whole. Thus, the path to humility is a holistic one, where the path to arrogance requires a myopic view of the world.
Now, the whole thing can be restated in terms of what freedom of speech really means and entails. Is it only freedom from oppression, or does it assert some positive rights as well? If it does, then it could follow that the right to free speech means the right to access information, which the internet certainly provides with equanimity.
Attitudes such as these, where there is reluctance to pay a nominal amount for a great product is what forces companies to dole out crap (the reason chinese crap beat out US goods). Thank god for economist, the WSJ and the NY Times - atleast there is some quality journalism still around.
Incidentally, I did recently pay for a subscription to the Economist. It is a reasonable rate for quality, and I get both a print and digital version. The digital version is DRM-free, shall we say, and I can access it anywhere and in anyway that I want.
At the end of the day, at some point, those in power need to recognize that IT security is both a pervasive issue throughout the organization and a critical military asset for future operations. We couldn't fight wars of the past with IT, but wars of the future will certainly have an IT component. A distinct branch of service is needed.