We are all but functions in the runtime environment of the Great Hacker. There he tests us. And when he
‘fmakunbound’s us and turns on the GC, then it won’t matter in which modes we run. As well as it won’t matter whether we were large or small, whether we did important things or whether we were only helper functions. All that matters is whether we were well implemented or whether we were broken and corrupted his data structures. And if he is pleased with us, then he puts our code into heaven.el, which is the source for the Eternal Mode, and there he will funcall us forever.
Calling EMACS an editor is like calling the Earth a hunk of dirt.
– Chris DiBona on Dirt (Open Sources, 1999 O'Reilly and Associates)