Over the past couple months and days I’ve slowly come to a huge realization: I need to continue to post on this site whether I want to wait for the money to pay for my own domain or not. Why? Because people continue to click on the link that leads them to my site either from my instagram profile or another source and I cannot let my readership (I have 0 subscribers) down. It’s time to fan The Fire.
Darwin and the Science Guy
I’ve listened to Bill Nye’s Undeniable audiobook numerous times, which basically can be summed up as follows, I’ve permanently engrained the man’s voice and teachings into my subconscious and this is where it will stay for a very long time. Also, of course, my outlook on life has radically changed. Over the time I first got the audiobook I have come to see the world in a much much deeper and overall intimate way. I’ve come to a significantly deeper understanding of the vast amount of time that has passed on Earth and in the Universe on a fundamental level. I’ve come to see and appreciate the fragility of life through the struggle for survival, how organisms acquire food, and extinction events that have almost ended life on earth completely. It’s been a very interesting and rather rewarding self-apprenticeship I’ve been putting myself through over the past year when you couple this with my volunteer experience at The Mutter and The Academy and the other books I’ve been reading about science and self development.
I bought Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species (full title: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection) from Book Corner (20th street right above the library on Ben Franklin Parkway) and I initially thought it was the most boring and pointless purchase I had ever made. However, after a while it started to go somewhere and I found myself becoming slightly more interested. It also doesn’t help knowing some of the personal details about Darwin to understand why this work was such a huge accomplishment for him and humanity in general. He overcame some tough obstacles and he came out wildly successful. After all, his work stands the test of time.
A Reason For Hope
Another person that I have decided to turn my attention to is the honorable Jane Goodall. In her 1999 biography, Reason For Hope: A Spiritual Journey, I learn about Dr. Goodall’s upbringing and personal life along with her career development and the remarkable lives of the Chimpanzees she studies. I find out she is a Christian with strong, albeit wavering, faith and she strives and struggles to remain loyal to it throughout her life. I learn about how a friend she made while she was a young adult became the one to transform her life forever leading her to move to Africa and study chimpanzees; even though she hadn’t gone to college and earned a degree. I also read about an extremely heartwarming interaction Dr. Goodall had with one David Greybeard (a chimp) who during a personal interaction with Goodall made a remarkable gesture of friendship that made me 100X more empathetic towards chimpanzees. And now I want move to an African country and follow in her footsteps in search of similar experience with a wild and exotic animal.
Beyond the biography that Dr. Goodall describes an overarching theme of this book is centered on believing in the goodness of humanity and conservation of religion. Even during the early and middle 20th century when Goodall was growing up there was an abhoration for the wastefulness and large-scale violence of civilized society. Reason for Hope, as the title so strongly suggests, gives the reader a reason to believe that humanity can soften it’s rough edges and learn from it’s mistakes. In Goodall’s mind we can be better patrons of the planet and we can continue to strive to make the world better for all it’s inhabitants.
The Element of Freedom
Sometimes in life you have to distance yourself from the things and people you think you may have outgrown. We all know this process can often be painful and leave us wanting to go back to the same old things and/or people but we remain distanced anyway because it’s better this way. For example, I’m a huge loner. Some might label me an introvert. I don’t need anyone else’s company to feel good about myself or be entertained. I rely only on myself to feel as though I am enough. Aside from certain aspects of my current life I am very independent. Perhaps in some senses independent to a fault. I love it this way. I feel completely unhinged and free.
Another great book that has helped me in reclaiming my independent spirit with a vengeance is The Art of Non-conformity by Chris Guillebeau. I saw this while browsing the blog of a High School classmate who’s currently on a world tour and I thought it would be great on my bookshelf. I’m only on page 43 but I’ve learned so much about how to be an independent minded adult I can’t wait to finish the book. It’s the kind of thing my 20-something self is so happy to have on file for whenever I make enough money to do the things I truly want to do with my life. Robert Greene (The 50th Law and Mastery) taught me the importance of learning how to survive on little money when I’m young and gain skills throughout your 20s. Chris Guillebeau is now teaching me how to plan for the life I truly want to live, not based on the influences of society, and how to thrive in that life. For example, I made a list of things I hope to accomplish throughout my life which isn’t influenced by societal standards or concern for a reputation and on that list is me wanting to work from home. Writing could certainly make that a possibility. But when? When was I planning on accomplishing this? I began to organize the list into time periods of when I would accomplish them: one year, five years, or lifetime goals. Now that I know what I want to accomplish this year I am more driven and tunnel visioned into making this a reality and thus my life is better and more closely tailored to the way I want to live. In a way Chris has reintroduced me to myself.
I could go on but I’d probably bore you to death. That’s not my aim here. I want you to be inspired until your inevitable death (haha). Are there any interesting reads that you’ve come across lately? I’d love to hear all about it.