Category Archives: Philosophy

The results are in…

After months of searching (years in total really) I’ve finally figured out my problem with finding my passion. If you don’t know me then I’ll just say that I’ve struggled with finding myself for a long time now. I’ve taken a bunch of different personality and career matching tests with pretty much the same kind of results. I’m Introverted until I get to know you better. I am a good problem solver and leader (with compatible types as my subordinates); though I will never ‘choose’ to be a leader. It’s usually chosen for me by management. I enjoy challenges deep thought and tend to stay extremely focused on the challenge until it is complete.

But that’s where the results stop. What the tests don’t go into is the fact that once the challenge is complete and I feel that I’ve learned a lot about the given subject I get bored with it and want to move on. Looking at my job history I can see a pattern. I typically work really hard on some tough problems at most places before I start to get bored with it. And I mean really bored; like physically ill bored (and depressed afterward). I’ve been living my professional life for the past ten years just thinking that something was wrong with the jobs I was working; or even worse something was wrong with ME.

While watching a bunch of TED videos on Youtube.com I started writing a list of the things that I want to do; my passions if you will. Most speakers kept trying to encourage listeners to find THAT THING that would make them jump out of bed in the morning. I looked at my list and found that not a single one made me feel that way. I’m just not that passionate about anything. “Great!” I though. Not only do I not like what I do, but there is nothing that I’d like to make a new profession either. So what does a geek do when faced with a problem like this?

I googled. I searched “I have no passions…” in Google and came up with surprisingly less results than I thought that it would. One site stuck out in the results and I finally decided to follow one of the links: http://puttylike.com/terminology/

It was there that I discovered what I truly am. I am a Multipotentialite; aka Slasher; aka Scanner; aka Polymath. Basically…

A modern day Renaissance  Man. I have multiple things that I want to learn about, but not necessarily become a master in any of them. I don’t want to devote my life to becoming a specialist in something; I want to devote my life to learning about anything that interests me.

Emilie Wapnick is the creator of Puttylike and has brought together a community of non-specialists as well as written a ton of useful information. After reading a good bit of the site I decided to change my thought process. I tossed my list of ‘passions’ and started a list of what I’d like to learn more about:

– Photography
– Computer Programming
– Linux Operating System
– Wood Furniture Making
– Landscape Engineering
– Creative Writing
– Guitar (Learn to Play)
– Automotive Maintenance & Upgrading
– Plant & Tree Identification (I was never a boy scout)
– Physical Fitness (Explosive Power Specifically)
– Healthy Cooking (and not so healthy baking)
– Home Alcohol Production (Still want to make the drink of my ancestors; mead)
– Graphic Design

I fully expect this list to continue to grow, but for now this will do. The next step is to train myself that (job growth + job skills != happiness). The real equation I need to solve is (x + x.skill obtained == happiness). If you don’t algebra just know that ‘x’ represents the items in the list above.

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Creation Theory

How did we get here? Was it through billions of years of evolution after a “big bang”? Was it a great deity that designed everything that we see and experience today? So many people spend countless hours arguing their side of this debate, and I only have one thing to say to them both.

You are wrong. Shut up for a minute; let me elaborate.

Evolutionists – you believe that a “big bang” created the heavens and the Earth. The Universe has been forming for billions upon billions of years. Earth had the “right stuff” to allow for the creation of life. Life evolved to what we know of it currently. The main opposing question to your theory is, “where did the stuff for the big bang come from?” Sometimes the answer is, “from a previous Universe.” Which is then questioned with, “well, where did that stuff come from?” You are then stuck in a chicken/egg type of discussion.

Creationists – you believe that an intelligent designer created the heavens and the Earth. Everything was formed with a purpose and exactly how the architect wanted it. The main question to your theory is, “why is there no proof of an intelligent designer’s existence?” Usually the answer has something to do with faith, or God’s will, or punishment. However, no scientific proof can ever be given.

Now let me get back to why you are both wrong in your views of creation. Neither theory explains the true beginning of life and the Universe. Where did the original “big bang” stuff come from (think way, way, way back through multiple booms if you have to)? How was the intelligent designer created? They couldn’t have just poofed into existence, or willed their self into life.

To break it down simply; what created the things that you believe created the things that created life? How’s that for a chicken/egg scenario. Why don’t we work together to try and figure this out? Better yet, why don’t we just work together to try and help humanity without a religious or money-driven reason? Why can’t we just help each other because it is the right thing to do as fellow human beings.

Stop trying to figure out how we got here and work on figuring out how to make the future better for our children’s grandchildren. This is our responsibility; let’s stop passing the buck!