"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.
"It's not enough to just live, you have to have something to live for" (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, I am entirely herbivorous because we ALL need to take action to curb accelerated climate change (and this is the easiest one that has the most substantial effect), and because our purely-for-the-taste-habit justification of brutalization has a solid standing in the very big picture of a broader devaluation of empathy in our culture.
Live long and prosper.
Bringing people together, to become more than we already are.
There is ALWAYS a hidden price beyond the dollar amount on the 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.
"What is the ocean but a multitude of drops?" (Cloud Atlas)
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.
Ecological footprint stickers on all products, made by an organization that has the access to account for the entire production process of a commodity; and higher environmental taxes for more ecologically expensive items.
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