Although the specific details of my life may appear different from your own at the superficial level, beneath the surface I am just like you. I am an Earthling. I hope for meaning, health, and enough resources for me and mine to endure in relative comfort and safety. I also hope to make a worthy contribution to humanity with my life energy.
I was raised in South Africa. Our family moved to the United States in 1990 to pursue the promise of America and the opportunities she embodies. I have degrees in chemistry and music, and a deep interest in and a love for both the sciences and the arts. I believe no accurate understanding of the world can be attained without looking into many different areas of study, since the world contains them all, intermingled, interwoven, sometimes indistinguishable. I place my trust in logic and the scientific method because people, myself included, tend to stray from objectivity without too much provocation. I am also proud to be a founding member of The Quantum Bicycle Society, a science think tank dedicated to furthering pure science, and I am gratified that my writing can also provide an avenue for sharing some of the latest scientific innovations. (See The Intrepid.)
As an Earthling, I aspire toward a consciousness and an identity that connects all people. There are no border lines on the planet when viewed from space, but our nature works against us on this front. I try to remain above the ugliness of political group-think, but at those times when a lapse in focus allows my consciousness to be muddied by it... I aspire to be a passionate Centrist, though I sometimes fail — on some issues to the Left and on other issues to the Right. I have worked in the technology, internet, entertainment, and education sectors. My professional experience includes producing and directing film and television content, online branding and marketing, consulting for a 2008 U.S. Presidential campaign, serial internet entrepreneurship, as well as science and mathematics teaching. I also occasionally derive satisfaction from my other organic calling — musical composition.
While I may not claim authority in any one area, I am just as astute a scholar of the human condition as anyone, since the only way we can know anyone else is by comparing what we see around us to how we know ourselves. And the one inescapable truth I see is that we humans are all the same... in the things that motivate our thoughts and actions, and in how they typically manifest in us and in our relationships.
In seeing this, I am moved to share it because I believe the only thing standing in our way of creating the world we desire and wish for is the dysfunction caused by our own survival instinct. And we do not want to see or acknowledge this because its stark truth undermines our own sense of sophistication and superiority. But we must see it, and that means elevating our emotional intelligence and wisdom. (See The Animal In the Mirror.) I believe that is the only thing that can save us from hurting ourselves, hurting each other, and hurting the planet. It is the evolution of consciousness that should occupy our focus as a human civilization, and that requires greater mastery over our biology than we are currently demonstrating.
It is in order to share these ideas that I am writing, in both the fiction and non-fiction genres.
We can be better, but we need to get out of our own way.
Thank you for taking a little time to join me on a part of this journey.