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Gabe Armas-Cardona

Oakland, California, United States

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Overview

  • 7 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 31, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Law
  • Law school
  • From Oakland, CA, USA
  • Profile 100% complete

About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Live, experience, and make sure I've contributed some good before I leave.

ABOUT ME

I'm a mid-twenties person ready to take on and (re)enter the world. While I enjoy theoretical and philosophical discussions, after three years of law school, I want to go see the world through my own eyes.

My intellectual focus is international human rights; all around the world people are getting screwed over by some bureaucratic process without any say in its creation or implementation. I want to fight that.

To actually do human rights well--I don't want to be someone in an ivory tower in new york--I want to talk to people all over (often over a beer) and learn about them.

(I wrote the text below over three years ago, and I enjoy reminiscing too much to delete it. :) Keep reading if you want to see how my personal evolution)

"What are you thinking about?" - One of my favorite questions. Even if it has a dumb answer, it sparks conversations. I'm someone who likes to talk, but not about petty topics. I'm interested in the basic realities that we live in, and how they shape our lives. I'm a deep person, but not a cold one. I like connecting with people over a beer and seeing what drives them. This world is full of people that each have their own dreams. And, seeing those people crushed by other people, without ever having a chance to fulfill those dreams, hurts. I want to do what I can to stop that. And that's why I'm going into the happy cheerful world of Law :)

PHILOSOPHY

Any sort of organized mainstream philosophy/religion is wrong. Plain and simply wrong. They're wrong because they don't fit any one person, only a collective. Each person needs to find his or her own way, and no one source will ever have "The" answer. So, explore, pick up things that fit you, while letting go with ideas that don't. All the while shaping and discovering yourself. (And have fun)

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I love the concept of this site and wish I could contribute to it more. I don't even have a couch that I could offer to people, and feel guilty about it. This great community needs people to contribute, and I promise I will offer a couch as soon as I can. At the very least I tell people about this great site to hopefully get more people connected.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

During the summer of 2007 I went on a road trip around the country and depended on couchsurfing for a large portion of that trip. I didn't plan ahead and literally asked people just a few days before the trip and many times nothing came through, but sometimes I met some really interesting people. It's amazing this site was able to help make my trip amazing and I hope I contributed something new to the different hosts I stayed with.

Interests

World Politics, Human Rights, Astronomy, Biking, Philosophy, Psychology, vegetarianism, learning. And, of course, sitting on a patio at an old cafe that has been there since time immemorial with a crisp hefeweizen on a beautiful summer day, smiling.

Music, Movies & Books

Pi, Lord of the rings, Terminator 2, Memento, Star wars (original), Confessions of an Economic Hitman, Kurt Vonnegut, Steven Hawking.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

The most amazing thing i've done is go from a social skill-less elitist nerd to a happy warm charming* deep individual.

* I hope I am at least :-)

Teach, Learn, Share

You are made of atoms. Atoms are mostly made of empty space. So are you mostly empty space? No! The space is not actually empty. In every bit of space there is some level of energy. From this energy millions of virtual particles are spawned and die in every fraction of a second. And while these are called "virtual" particles, they are very much real. So, no matter how "empty" something seems, it is very much "full".

Countries I've Visited

Thailand

Countries I've Lived In

El Salvador, United States

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