The one thing I am passionate about...
I am passionate about social justice - most particularly about issues of poverty and access barriers experienced by the poor. I am passionate about social advocacy, and work in the field of social justice. I'm passionate about rich, deep, relationships with kindred spirits - I consider discovering such relationships to be one of the greatest fortunes in all of life.I am passionate about intellectual investigation - questions of philosophy, politics and sociology are more than just mentally interesting - they are intrinsically relevant to the world, and our actions in it.
I typically spend my leisure time
It's not as much about what I do, its who I do it with, and whether or not what we're doing is conducive to rich conversation. I do enjoy going out, such as to clubs, bars or concerts - but my favorite times are intimate settings where hours of great conversation can be had.On my own time, I am a political junkie and an avid writer. I look for all kinds of opportunities to write political and social commentary. I am a computer geek, which means I enjoy many things computer-related. However it does NOT dominate my life.I enjoy reading, movies, and before grad school when I was still in good shape I enjoyed cycling and swimming.
The most influential person in my life has been
I'm looking for someone who can inspire me and challenge me on an intellectual level as much as other levels. I *want* someone who makes me regularly say, "I hadn't thought of that!" I want someone who can teach me new and wonderful things, and someone who will take the journey of life discovery together with meI'm looking for someone who loves me for who I am, who delights in affection and tactile ways of expressing love and fondness, and who relishes deep, thorough conversation - listening, empathy, open-communication, non-judgementalism
The first thing people notice about me
I would like to think that the first thing people notice about me is humor, or warmth. And even if that isn't the first thing people always notice, the fact that I *want* it to be is just as important. :)
The last book I read and enjoyed
The last book I enjoyed was Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. It is essentially about the emergence of Friedman/Chicago School economics over the last half-century, and how its wildly unpopular approaches to state economies are often implemented through a process of "shock" - natural disasters, attacks, or other crisis are opportunities when extremely unpopular policy is pushed through while the people are too "shocked" to resist or even understand what is happening. What I liked most about it was its detailed research and notations on all of the historical examples of this doctrine in play.
The three things which I am most thankful for
- I am thankful for the hardfought gift of emotional health and well being
- I am thankful for hope and optimism about life
- I am thankful to have a purposefully developing philosophical and theoretical framework from which to think and act
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
I'm going to change this question a bit. I wish that *I* could better express to people how deeply I care about human relationships right away - how much I desire to be someone who makes others feel good, comfortable, happy and even loved. I wish I could wear a sign that said, "I care about you!" in big letters.
Friends Describe me as
Affectionate, Intelligent, Loyal, Passionate
A little more about me
Graduated with BA in Philosophy in 2000. Will Graduate with my Master's in Social Work in the spring of 2009. Before graduate school I was a community organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union, and Campaign Manager for the Idaho Votes No campaign against the states "Marriage" amendment. I'm highly, highly analytical. I love thinking, I love thinking about thinking, and then I love talking about it. Someone interested in getting to know me would need to not be a "yeah, yeah get to the point" sort of person. They wouldn't like me very much. :)