What do you find thought provoking?
Every culture has this idea of a truth, an undeniable truth. Learning what all these cultures see as ultimately true is fascinating. Humans desire knowledge and science isn’t the only way to find that. Religion has been around for millenia.
That is why I study religion, not as a profession even though I might make it, but to answer questions. If you are religious, which I am, that should transcend everything. Just these questions and how I am supposed to live. Because I think there are bigger things than just the here and now.
Are there any one that you find particularly interesting?
I am Christian so I am definitely interested in that, but otherwise I am interested in all of them.
What has developed into your life philosophy?
Dissecting everything is kind of difficult, especially with Christianity where there is a lot going on, so I have actually withdrawn a bunch and come up with these absolute truths that I stick to while everything else is kind of up in the air. I believe in Christ. I have a Father and I am his son, to live simply, and the very simple teachings of be good to your neighbor.
What parts of what you have learned do you think other people could benefit from?
Some people think of religious people as a bit close minded or not wanting to accept hard truths, but the more I have opened my mind, the more I am sure there has to be something else. Einstein once said, “the more I learn about science, the more I am convinced there is a God.” There more I learn, the less I know. The more I learn, I realize I have no idea, and that is why I fall on these absolute truths.
What are some of these questions that you still have?
I still have many questions: like what is the nature of God? What will happen after death? But then I realize that I don’t need to find the answer to those. People spend their whole lives trying to find these questions that they will never know. I don’t see the need to find the answer these questions; I just try to live simply. In my religion, I just trust that I will be pointed to where I need to go and that I will find the way I need to go there.
What do you wish other people knew about you?
I try to live in a way that shows that what I believe is a bit different. And so when people look at me I don’t want them to think that he is just like everyone else, but there is something bigger than me that I am trying to represent.
I have been more focused on what I have been doing and less focused on what other people are thinking. If people want to come and talk to me, I would be happy to talk but I don’t usually go out and try and do these things because I have too many questions myself to really try and tell other people what is true or not.
What brought to you to this spot in particular?
It’s a beautiful day. There were mosquitos somewhere else, but I don’t really kill animals. Even mosquitos though they are annoying, I don’t kill them. So I moved here and it’s comfortable.
Is that related to your religion and your “love your neighbor” philosophy?
Yeah well this is sort of unrelated but I became a vegan four and a half or five years ago. There’s enough suffering in the world that if there is a chance that an animal can feel suffering, I don’t want to add to it. And I don’t need to add to it.