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Develop a greater appreciation of humanity and nature through passionate experience, connection, and critical reflection.
I'm a nanotechnology engineering graduate who is trying to live a life of inspired, critical self-improvement for the purpose of bettering others. I'm open to all new experiences, truly believing that every experience has value that you can grow with. I'm trying to learn about all of the balancing acts of life - rationality vs emotions, local vs nomadic living, solitude vs fully engaging in community, technology vs primal skills, and more. I try to learn about these balances through new experiences and a critical reflection of the experiences I've had.
I'm genuinely interested in every person I meet. I believe each relationship can provide growth and benefit, provided we are open minded enough to learn through the experience of another. In that way, I feel that I can live a fuller life through more than just my own experiences - engaging deeply with others is just as life-giving as my own experiences. I only hope that the people I meet can benefit from our relationships, too.
I believe strongly in reason, and evidence-based truth. I believe we can live together better when we understand each other, and that understanding will come best from acknowledging how much we do not know about ourselves, instead of claiming truth without sufficient, communicable reason for that truth. This, I think, is one of the strongest foundations for a compassionate and loving worldview towards others.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Contribute to the communities I couchsurf in. Host anyone who would like to see my city.Encourage those people I know to join the community when I feel like they could contribute as well!
Couchsurfed in Nebaj and some other places, and met courchsurfers from around the world. Extensive couchsurfing around North America in 2013.
Some of them:
-Intellectual/Philosophical Discussions that sometimes become too abstract
-Food (cooking, agriculture, society's relationship with food, foraging plants and mushrooms, food science, molecular gastronomy)
-Simple living and minimalism
-Technology and our ethical relationships with new technological progress
-Humanity's search for personal meaning through science and religion
-Intentional community living
-Stitching together my own personal framework of truth in which I live an intentional life by
-And a few more I'll save for in person
Music, Movies, and Books
The Shawshank Redemption, Up!, Wall-E, Arrested Development, Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Scar Tissue, Cat's Cradle, The Moral Landscape... The Internet - there's a wonderful amount of knowledge on the internet, if navigated properly...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Learning the value of community. Coming to the realization that human relationships are far, far more important than I had previously thought in earlier years. These are both a work in progress.
Teach, Learn, Share
I enjoy learning from people who are willing to put the work into a discussion. Just like physical exercise, conversations are not always easy when they force us to think harder, discover flaws in our reasoning, admit we are wrong, or come to some sort of self-realization. I want to learn from people who can share their experiences with insight and understanding, and put in the effort to remove negative emotional bias that leads to so much conflict in relationships.
Having said that, I'm genuinely interested to learn almost anything that I currently don't know.
I can teach and share what I've learned so far in my life, which probably centers around my interests, as described above. I generally have a pretty good insight into how things work, due to my nanotechnology/engineering background.
What I Can Share with Hosts
A glimpse into community life in Kitchener-Waterloo. Potlucks, house concerts, and generally all things relationship-focused.
Free food! Our house donates food to all of our friends in the community. We reclaim food that was destined for landfills and healthfully use it in delicious cooking, and many surplus items are given to our friends and community. If you're on a long term frugal trip, stuff your packs before you leave :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Bangladesh, Belgium, France, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In