About Me

I am a firm believer that through discourse, empathy, and freethinking, humanity can continue to progress in the face of obstacles from within and without. I would describe myself as being autodidactic, center-left, pragmatic, humanistic, and an ignostic non-theist  (albeit with an appreciation for spiritual practices such as meditation and contemplation). I want to immerse myself in this world and live a life that is fulfilling, productive, and full of experiences. I want to make the most of this single gift of life and leave a positive impact on the world and those I share it with.

Love, knowledge, and compassion are the key drivers of my life. I walk the pragmatic path both politically and ideologically, seeking out the values and beliefs that I genuinely feel to be the most beneficial to myself and society. I want to understand every perspective, whether it is agreeable or dissenting, and take only those positions that have been thoroughly researched and demonstrated to maximize utility.

Winston Churchill once said that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. I want my life to be full of giving. The world has been kind to me and given much to my benefit, I feel compelled to express my gratitude in kind.

Thus, I aim to do good things in the world in whatever way I can. I want to work in diplomacy or humanitarian development, either for the State Department, the United Nations, or some other international organization.  Someday, I hope to start my own NGO or charity and give back to a world that has given me so much. Even if I never reach my preferred occupations, I will be content working in any capacity that facilitates education, empathy, compassion, charity, and good deeds.

I have two Bachelors in Political Science and International Relations from Florida International University, and am mulling over pursuing either a Master’s in International Public Administration and/or Diplomacy, or going to law school. I have dabbled in a few other subjects as well, including History, Anthropology, Life Sciences, Art, and Philosophy. Had I the time and means, I would probably major in it all – but that is what books and free time are for!

I am always working to expand my circle of friends and colleagues, so please feel free to add me on TwitterFacebookor Tumblr 

24 comments on “About Me

  1. I am brand new to blogging: I literally only have one post on my page which was more of a trial run than anything else. I’ve recently have been researching other blogs to look at how it’s done and yours is definitely one of my favorites. If I am ever able to write a blog half as good as this one I’ll be very happy. I really like your ideological stance and your passion for knowledge. The little I have read so far is thought provoking and I look forward to the opportunity to reading your future posts.

    Andre

    • I am very touched and honored with your compliment. It really means a lot that people would take the time to read what I have to say, given all the other things one can do on the web 😛 But I started out that way too – in fact, go back early enough, and you’ll see it took me a while to get the hang of it. You’ll find your groove soon enough, and I look forward to reading it 😉 Best wishes!

    • I am extremely honored by that Patrice, thank you so much for being a reader and supporter. It goes without saying that this project wouldn’t succeed if it weren’t for people bothering to encourage me and take the time to read 🙂

    • Thank you Priya. I know I’m not alone in this effort, and I’m sure you’re aiming for the same goals, given how much that line resonated with you 😉 I’m honored you took the time to read what I have to say.

  2. I love your blog and the broad array of topics it covers. You are obviously comfortable with Politics, but you seem to have a soft spot for Science, which is very cool!
    I hereby grant you the Versatile Blogger Award, which I had no idea what it meant, but I guess it is not a bad way to put the blogs you like as a post. Anyway, you have an amazing blog

    PS: Is there any reason you wrote non-theist as opposed to atheist?

    • I’m always pleased to have new readers, and I’m sincerely touched by your support! Your assessment is correct, I’m into politics but I love science. I try to cover as many different subjects that interest me as possible, and I’m glad to see others like that 🙂

      As for the use of the term non-theist, I honestly have no idea why I used it. I think I got tired of people misunderstanding the term atheist, or attaching a negative connotation to it, so I just wanted to try something different. I’ve used both words interchangeably in my various posts since then, however.

  3. Lol, I do the same thing sometimes – call myself “non-theist” instead of “atheist” for the same reasons. By the way, just discovered your blog and I love it! Followed and definitely checking back for more.

  4. I’ve been online journal writing for almost nine and a half years.

    I’ve never worried whether my writing was any good. I don’t even care now if people both see my posts and comment on them.

    Instead, I have always loved writing. Also, it’s a form of therapy. So it’s a joy to be able to post for those two reasons. *big smile*

    I must say that you have a great blog here. And don’t worry about getting it right because just as long as you write from your heart, it will always be both right and true. *big big smile*

    God bless and take care. Bye, :)!
    Olga/Maddie

  5. I think you need to get your PhD (if you do not already have one). Your role in life is to be a college professor at a top university. I think sometimes it is more obvious to an outsider what someone is meant to do. Please take this to heart; you are a person we can all learn from (and honestly and respectfully, I have a hard time believing you are a twenty-something blogger based on your insights and writing).

    • That means a lot to me, it truly does. I’ve honestly been struggling about whether I should get a PhD, but the more I hear from people like you, the more I feel motivated and hopeful. Thank you so much. I’ll definitely take it to heart 🙂

  6. I just found your blog. Loved the piece on our veterans. Please write more. I posted a blog myself yesterday with all the facts I discovered online in about 10 minutes. A very close family member is a vet who’s been diagnosed with approximately enough issues to be 80% disabled for life and cannot even get a doctor’s appointment since separation. It’s going on 1000+ days without medical care. We need to shout this from the rooftops and somehow shake up the “powers that be” and change how we do what we do, as a nation. How can we give away money we don’t really have, to countries that don’t really even like us or agree (politically, fiscally, morally) with us to help with their issues? How can we rebuild countries devastated by disaster when we have vets roaming our streets unemployed and sick? How can we do this to those who gave all they had to keep us safe? My family member told me today, when the VA told him it will take about a year to add his newborn on to his dependents, that he often wishes he would have been killed instead of just injured. He would have died a hero, his family would have been taken care of, and he would not be in pain. Instead, he says, he took off the uniform and is now lower than s–t in the eyes of the government and the people. Please help spread the word…you write well – write more! Thank you!

    • This is one of the most inspiring and encouraging messages I have received in some times. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, and your kind words definitely helped me. Thank you for your support and commentary. It means a tremendous amount. I will certainly keep writing.

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