The one thing I am passionate about...
To understand and live life, to apply what I learn to all spheres of my existence and to help other people to do the same. To discover what we truly need and to point others in the same direction. To see the antithesis between "can't get no satisfaction" and "as the deer pants for the water so my soul longeth after thee." (okay, I stole that from a teacher of mine, I can't take credit for it). To find out if St. Augustine is right in saying to God, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee." To discover the purpose and pleasure of art and know the difference between what is truly good and what is deceiving.
I typically spend my leisure time
I love to read, to engage in something culturally valuable and to share that experience, learning and discussion with others. And you know what there has been a lot of lately that is really good? Documentaries. I love a good doc. Oh I could go on and on about the docs. I love to play tennis, although I don't do that enough. I like movies and TV but really only if they can be used as a tool for building community, rather than completely isolating people from each other... although I will admit that I'm tempted to waste time just as much as everyone else. The difference, in the words of Charlie Brown, is that "at least I feel guilty about it."
The most influential person in my life has been
That they are able to share my goals in life and have the same priorities that I do. It would be so great if I found someone who is as passionate about learning as I am, who is as willing to give up what society tells us we are "supposed" to have in favor of more enriching things, who also wonders what in the world it could mean that Christ is the one for whom and by whom and through whom all things were made, and what that means for me, someone, apparently made by through and for Christ in some sense, and who also wonders why it is that that seems to be an unimportant question in so many lives, especially if they are professed Christians.
The first thing people notice about me
I'm actually not sure what people notice about me. I'm not really a first impressions type of guy, probably because I'll stay in the background until someone puts me up in front of everyone. I suppose I'm rather unassuming at first but people are always telling me that I'm very unique once they get to know me.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I recently read Heroes of the City of Man by Peter Leithart. It's a commentary on ancient literature, homer and Virgil and the like. The ancient Greek myths are compared to the Old Testament and you start to see the similarities and differences. I've also been reading a lot of self-help books for women. I would read the ones written for men but they all seem to assume that I'm some kind of monkey. AND I've been reading some biblical counseling books on parenting, BECAUSE they get right to the heart of things with respect to sin and grace, because when you are dealing with kids, human nature is not covered up like with adults.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- My family
- My upbringing
- The ability and opportunity to pursue my passion in life.
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I think people see me as an intellectual, or maybe a very logical guy. But in fact I'm very much driven by my emotions, not in a way that sort of creates drama, rather it has to do with the kind of artistic/creative side of me.
Friends Describe me as
Funny, Good listener, Intelligent, Thoughtful
A little more about me
I have been accused of being too idealistic, as if I'm holding out for someone who is both morally perfect and also a load of fun. But I don't think that's quite right. In all honesty I don't care where we have come from as long as we are both going to the same place. If we share a common destination, we need not have shared a common past. I have grown up very conservative. Since then I've been working the film industry, studying philosophy, literature and writing, and now I'm at art school. So I'm not ignorant to the "things of the world" but neither have I left the church in any way shape or form. I just value the real.
What I like to read
Other, Philosophy, Psychology
Books I've read
sex begins in the kitchen, notes from a tiltawhirl, understanding the human condition through the lens
Movies I like to Watch
Favorite Movies to Watch
treasure of the sierra madre, eternal sunshine of the spotless mind, the wackness