In writing an upcoming post on KnowProSE.com related to information theory and an unannounced software project I’m fiddling with, I found that there was a need to explain reasons why I see the world differently than others.
So, some of the key things that allow me to see the world differently:
- I’m a Third Culture Kid. I had to define my identity instead of simply having a hand-me-down identity.
- I’m an atheist who became one by exploring multiple religions and, after weighing merits so forth, consciously decided none were for me. I’m not an anti-theist. I believe religion does have a use for people, I just have no use for it, and I only mock religion when it’s being used as an excuse to do disagreeable things.
- I’m better traveled than most.
- I’m largely self-educated and have not stopped that self-education.
- My life has not been one of constants but variables – until lately, no ‘home’, periods of ‘regular’ work offset with the majority as a contractor. In the words of someone who came dangerously close to knowing me, “you lead a non-linear life”.
- Worked in multiple fields, ranging from medicine to software engineering, tangible work to intangible work.
- I have little sense of permanence.
- I’m much more interested in the best path, or the truth, than being right.
- I read a lot, but sometimes well off the path of what is popular, and consider everything in multiple contexts.
- I’m not worried about what is popular.
- I’m rigorously pragmatic.
All of this means a few key things about me that confuse a lot of people when they deal with me because I’m not something formed in cookie-cutters of culture. This means that sometimes, I have to appear a chameleon to move things forward, but largely I’m just someone who…
Sees the world differently.
And I look for others who do.