An Autobiography In 220 Words
A possible autobiography of who I am.
1970′s— First Realizations
1. Other kids are not always nice.
2. While it may seem counter-intuitive, humor does not make friends, but it does earn respect.
3. Intellect gets you noticed and has a deeper value as well.
Though it was not yet clear what that deeper value would be.
1. Women, gays, blacks, and self-defined punk rockers make reliable friends. At least they did for the person I was becoming.
People on the outside, if they are not too angry to connect, can be of great help to each other.
2. Knowledge is not inherently power. It depends on whether what you know can be applied.
Knowledge, however, does allow you to navigate life easier. It provides the context needed to understand everyday life.
This is how I came to a more generalized approach to thinking, instead of a detail-orientated type of thinking.
A general approach to life must be found. You won’t most often find specific answers.
1. How do I balance a strong personality with an ideological commitment to collective action? How I do communicate that personal independence and collective action do not conflict?
2. How can I be as inclusive and open to others as possible, while still holding strong views?
1994—Met future wife.
2000′s — Always More To Consider
1. How do I best communicate my values? What is the widest definition of communication I can use to assert my values?
2. Just as knowing history helps you understand the present, longstanding friendships give your life context and meaning
3. Effective communication and good relationships require much self-discipline.