About Me

ABOUT THE BLOG

My name is Paul.  I started writing this to work through and express some of my ideas.  The title of my blog comes from a poem-like piece of Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra.

And whatever among men is of their kind
That seem to know most about happiness
To see these light foolish pretty lively little souls flutter
That seduces me to tears and songs

I would only believe in a God who could dance
And when I saw my devil
I found him serious, thorough, profound and solemn
He is the spirit of gravity
Through him all things fall

Not by wrath does one kill but by laughter
Come let us kill the spirit of gravity

I believe this world is beautiful.  I also believe it is incredibly difficult and for many people not so beautiful at all.  I am aware of the violence and horror that pervades the world – my masters thesis was on ethno-religious violence.  It is just that I see more hope than sorrow and would like to work towards creating more to that end.

Content will be about religion, US and international socio-political-economics, and science/research related to all the above.  Plus a little bit of poetry, comics and fun stuff here and there.

I hope you enjoy.  And please leave some comments!

MY LITTLE BIO

I grew up as a fundamentalist Christian in the US but have since moved to a  humanist world view.  Though this is the best term to describe my beliefs and lifestyle, my world view has been intimately touched and shaped by many Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Pagan and Hindu beliefs .  I take religious practice, as well as my studies, very seriously and have sought them were I could.  Hopefully in some of my posts I will details some of my adventures as well as musings.

Turning to my more formal studies, in my undergraduate years I studied Philosophy and Cultural Anthropology at Rutgers.  I was relatively more into the former but ended up pursuing a masters in Comparative/International Education at Oxford.  I also spent a year in Bontang, Indonesia on a Fulbright grant, so if anyone wants to leave comments in Bahasa Indonesia, please do (terima kasih banyak, semua)!   I’ve also lived, worked and played in the US, England, Southern India, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, and have backpacked throughout much of Africa, Southeast/East Asia, North America and Europe.

Currently I am in DC interning with the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy.

My favorite hobbies are chess (including xian qi and shogi), poi fire spinning, back packing, reading and languages (I know a tiny, tiny bit of Spanish, Arabic and Indonesian).

ENJOY!

Me and mi pretty Lady, currently residing in Oxford, England

I spent a year teaching English in Borneo, Indonesia. Above are some of my Chess Club students

I also started a Chess Club at the Restore Academy, Gulu, Uganda with Chess for Edu Abroad

My other Love, Bella

A pretty, little photo of me in my Sub Fusc for a graduate matriculation party

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Me at my desk writing to all of you :)

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Photo header courtesySiobhan Riordan

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Responses

  1. I’m really glad you’re doing this, Paul. Would love to hear more thoughts from your end. Might I suggest a poem? Do Not Ask of Me, My Love by Faiz Ahmed Faiz. It’s one of my most favourite ones. And the photo is great, btw :)

  2. We need more free-spirited and original thinkers like you to give the world a better perspective of what might not what is kind of philosophy and seem better equipped to elaborate in a ever changing social-economic chaotic environment. Keep up the good work.

  3. I love this! Semangat!! Kamu pasti bisa =)


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