"All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended." (Cloud Atlas)
I fiercely love the thrill of my sentience, this universe takes my breath away. Mindfulness, exploration, empathy, and a whole lot of laughter are very important to how I go about my life. I think in big complicated pictures and my diverse university studies have focused on how society is formed through art, technology, and psychology. I watch TED Talks every day and my interests range from cinema to evolutionary anthropology to theoretical physics. My core attitude is non-essentialist, existentialist, and relativist. I decide what roads I travel through my life, and I openly accept what ever paths you choose as right for you. The fine print is that I readily deny anyone that freedom if they choose to use it to hurt other people.
â€œItâ€™s not enough to just live, you have to have something to live forâ€ (Battlestar Galactica). My life mission is to go to bed every night in the knowledge that I am in some way more than I was when I awoke. Good things come to those who actively seek them out, who take risks to find, create, and hold onto them. All actions have ripple effects and everything worth having costs something, so we just have to find the optimal balance.
And I fervently love: the cinema, the most powerful and connective medium of communication we have created to date; the open Internet, as it can bring us together; scientific exploration, which drives us to become more than we already are; education, without which we have nothing else; and TED Talks. I love learning, and I want us to explore and create and grow together.
Also, frak speciesism and every discrimination that disregards anyone's suffering: Violence against the innocent is wrong, hurting someone without giving them a thought is wrong, and slavery is wrong, PERIOD. Might does not make right. So: ANIMAL LIBERATION NOW!
Live long and prosper.
PS: Sexuality, you ask? Sentisapiosexual. Attracted to high calibers of feeling and thinking.
And if you're wondering why I added "Pig" to my name, it's because the word "pig" is used so often to describe a human who is particularly greedy and dirty and unpleasant, but the only pigs I've ever had the pleasure to meet have been EXTREMELY docile, gentle, playful, clever, peaceful beings whose mere presence inspires happiness, so the name should be nothing other than a compliment. I think play is so important and I like to think of myself as playful (when I'm not fiercely upset about all the violence around me, that is) so I have adopted "Pig" as a nickname.
Bringing people together, to become more than we already are.
"If a being suffers, there can be no moral justification for refusing to take that suffering into consideration" (Peter Singer).
There is ALWAYS a hidden price beyond the dollar amount on a price tag.
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country" (Thomas Jefferson).
"Those who do not move, do not notice their chains" (Rosa Luxemburg). And once you find the strength to open your eyes to look at your chains, you will be able to see what lies beyond them.
Students have Google in their pockets, so let's use class time to encourage exploration, independent thinking, critical analysis, and collaboration. Prioritize how they think over what they think.
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