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First President of the first World Government
They might not say that I am bipolar, but I am. This sometimes means that sometimes I can be too much if I am at an excitable phase. On the other hand, no one thinks that I am uninteresting. I am a professor of mathematics and have traveled all over the world as a researcher. I will answer any question whatsoever, if the answer is binary, i.e. such as yes or no. It is usually fun, and sometimes I give hints to help out.
And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love, you make. John Lennon from The End.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
When travelling, I'm willing even to sleep on the floor, as long as I can keep warm.
I love tennis and often take my rackets with me.
I love to walk my dog, a mixture of a border collie with an appenzeller.
I love people in general, I can apologize, and try to work with those who can't, but will often push people to their limit. I can and will back off when told to do so.
I love to travel and see the world.
I consider myself to be a world citizen first. I support world (democratic and separate from religions) government, with the individual countries having rights similar to the states in the United States.
I am considered to be a megalomaniac by at least one psychiatrist, but then again he overdosed me and thought I only slept 6 hours 5 nights in a row when in fact it was 20 each night (I say beware of doctors who think they know it all, they don't).
As a mathematician, I require intellectual honesty of persons I meet, meaning they should be realistic about what they know, but more importantly they should at least try to be realistic about what they don't know.
As the son of a Mennonite minister, I do have a faith, and that is I accept a definition of God which can be found in the Bible and which I believe to be the philosophical high point of the Bible. That is θεός αγάπη είναι: God is Love (for your fellow human beings).
Mennonites think that the ethical high point of the Bible is the sermon on the mount. They came out of the anabaptist tradition which began in Switzerland and in Holland in the 15th century. Due to persecution, they spread out over the world, and due to their (laid back) missionary work, they are a majority non white.
My Dad would say, and I concur, that the Bible is not THE Word of God, but rather it CONTAINS the Word of God, meaning it should be read in the context in which it was written, and discerned for its true meaning. Other texts from other religions may also contain God's word, but I have to confess, I haven't been seeking them out, other than to say I read Herman Hess's book http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_%28novel%29.
My father's pastime is genealogy and though I haven't gotten hooked, I've been to the Habegg (Hawk Ridge) farm in the Emmenthal where the Habeggers originated from, as well as the farm in the Jura, Sur le rocher, where my great grandfather was born and lived before coming over with his father's family in 1876 (I was greatly moved by the sight, seen from the 'rocher', the rock.)
I am the father of 6 children, born in 77, 79, 84, 87, 89, 91 (first 3 boys, then 2 girls, and then a boy), and named Benjamin, Jeremy, Samuel, Saralina, Rachelle, and Timothee. Jeremy lives in New Orleans and the youngest 3 followed their mother when she left in 2000, to Switzerland. I have 2 grandchildren born in 07. I am divorced from the mother of my children. I am currently a bachelor, but I would prefer to be in a loving long term relationship.
I consider myself to be semi-retired entrepreneurial mathematician. I am at the startup phase of forming a company called JUHAET (Joint Undertakings for Human Action and Engagement for Truth). It has the ambition to first remain solvent, to second be generous, and last but not least, to be economically sustainable.
In particular, I wish to create a consortium of colleges and universities located throughout, the world which would issue a common 4-year, 120 credit hour Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree, but would require 2 years away from one's home institution and country.
Music, Movies, and Books
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One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Sitting in a movie theater in 2007 in Chengdu, China, and seeing 'With Liberty and Justice for All'. (I had been in Beijing in 1990, just after the tiananmen square massacre, when everyone was still dressed in gray, and paranoid about being overheard expressing disgust over the regime in place.)
When in Afghanistan in 1972, a Parisian (born 2 years after me) and I bought horses. One morning on a trek far away from civilization, we awoke to find that they had escaped and couldn't be caught! Thank God that after several hours of having chased them, my male horse mounted his female horse and thereby immobilized her for just long enough to be camptured.
Teach, Learn, Share
Maybe in my consortium of colleges and universities, they can all join together to host couch surfers, within guidelines of course.