"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future."

-Christopher McCandless

Planting Day

Humanitarian

First and foremost, I am human. We are all born with innate characteristics that corrode throughout time as we grow conditioned by our surrounding environment.

Many fall prey to the illusions of diversity such as gender, nationalism, race, religion, sexual orientation, (fill in the blank). Through proper education and awareness, we are able to transcend these illusions and gain a better understanding of our place in this universe.

A former employer of mine once told me that I become too emotionally involved at work, and that I need to learn how to separate my personal life from business affairs. Still to this day, it troubles me to realize some people genuinely think this way.

Life’s too short to waste time mindlessly working; I value life more than any job opportunity. My vocation involves helping others, and my passion, fueled by emotions, only aids in my overall mission to help humanity reach Type I status as a civilization.

Writer

“Writing is an art for the unheard, an art form for the misunderstood to break through ignorance.”

-A Year Sped By (June 2, 2012)

Writing rescued me from insanity. Words provide the most commonly understood outlet for expression, yet words themselves place limitations on complex, developing ideas.

The process of writing sorts out thoughts and transforms a personal idea into a universal one. Writing is a timeless means to reach the masses and make one’s voice heard.

My writing background is centered around journalism, but I prefer the term writer over journalist because the term holds less limitations. The journalism industry is changing, and I have high hopes the field will evolve to meet the public’s needs, not the academic or corporate agenda standards.

Thinker 

Think big. Think often. Simply think.

Be free; think freely. Find ways to stimulate your mind and avoid monotony.

“Knowledge is power.” -Sir Francis Bacon

There’s substantial truth behind Bacon’s words. At the same time we must acquire a valid understanding of knowledge itself. A multitude of facts doesn’t equate knowledge. A multidimensional approach needs to be applied to the learning procedure.

Asking questions provides a means for obtaining answers. Thinking of the right questions is only the first step. The conception of change precedes change itself.

Educator

The world is home to my teachers and students. We all possess the ability to learn from each other. Everyone has a story. Learning through people is my preferred means of education. My love for journalism developed upon this realization.

Capturing and sharing the unforgettable stories and experiences of our fellow human beings transforms my life every time. We are not alone. We all face a variety of problems on a daily basis, but the core of our problems are closer in association than one may initially realize.

I plan to use the techniques of journalism as a means for educating others.