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 hope for meaning, health, and long life in safety and with enough resources for me and mine to endure in relative comfort.
I was raised in South Africa. Our family moved to the United States in 1990 to pursue the promise of America and the opportunity she embodies. I have degrees in chemistry and music, and a deep interest in and 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.
Politically, 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, as well as serial internet entrepreneurship. Nevertheless, I derive the greatest degree of satisfaction from my most organic callings — music, teaching (science) and writing.
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. I believe that is the only thing that can save us from hurting ourselves, hurting each other, and hurting the planet.