Principles and Philosophies

I do not claim to be better than anyone else, nor do I claim to always make the right choices. If I have made these claims in the past, I officially and publicly recant them now. The most I, or any other human can do, is to try to contextualize my words, choices, and actions within a global perspective with the goal of doing the least harm, or fostering the greatest benefit to our planet and all of it’s inhabitants. I believe that the key to this is education and learning through a wide variety of methods including reading, discussion, and life experiences.

I would like to attempt to explain my way of thinking and some of my personal philosophies in order to put this blog into some sort of context, because I often find that information is utterly useless without the proper context.

As of June 2014 I am a 23 year-old, male, Caucasian, college-educated, gainfully employed, debt-free, American. I also classify myself as a techno-hippie, environmentalist, adrenaline junkie, adventure sports enthusiast, music snob, internet denizen, minimalist, and secular humanist.

I am a person that has had the extreme fortune of growing up in one of the wealthiest areas of the most powerful countries in the world. I had an excellent education, a loving family, and almost everything in my life was handed to me without much hard work required on my part.

I spent a majority of my youth playing video games and surfing the internet in an odd state of quasi-isolation where I was mostly physically alone, yet constantly in the company of either a game character, onto which I projected myself, or whoever else I was associating with on the internet at the time.

I often say that until I was about 21, the lights were on, but no one was home. I didn’t question the things that people told me, I didn’t think critically about the world around me, I didn’t understand politics or pay attention to current events, and my perspective was anything but global. I don’t yet understand all these things, but I’m working on it through a self-prescribed program of re-education. I want to understand, at least on the macro level, how everything around me works, and why the world is the way that it is. This is an undertaking that I don’t entirely expect to complete, but that’s ok, because no one person can know everything.

I currently believe many things, but I will attempt to sum it up briefly in list format (because who doesn’t love easily consumable bullet points?!)

  • Technology is an amazing and powerful set of tools that if used responsibly and with good intentions can produce positive global change the likes of which have never been seen in the course of human history
  • Generally, people are products of their environments
  • Always keep an open mind and be ready to re-evaluate anything that you believe
  • Waste and excess are rampant among humans, especially in America
  • We are slowly and surely destroying the planet
  • No decision should be made without the implementation of logic and reason
  • All humans are equal and have equal rights to life
  • Everything in moderation
  • You get out of things what you put into them
  • Positivity is key
  • Your ideas of good and bad aren’t universal
  • Do not be a bystander, stand up for what you believe in

That’s it for this post. My mind tends to get a little scrambled when it tries to describe itself, so I will mostly likely sprinkle more information like this into future blog posts, but for now I hope this gives you a better picture of who I am, and a little bit of context for when you read future posts. To summarize briefly, I want to seek happiness for myself and do everything in my power to lift the people around me up on a day to day basis in an effort to help them achieve their goals and find happiness as well.

The goals of this climbing odyssey are spending time doing the things I love most, meeting people in an effort to gain a more global perspective, and restoring the environment through various service projects whenever possible.