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Crossing titan on foot
Passion: my passion is people and my hobby is adventure. (20000km.com)
I used to be: very serious about things, paratrooper (French army), monk (Benedictine monastery, 1 year Canada), mountain shepherd (France), tree planter (Canada), wanderer (Russia-Mongolia-China-South Asia...), dead bodies collector (Sumatra), world savior (NGO worker:"logistic manager" / World Vision Sumatra), student in forest management, biology, philosophy (currently: sociology and evolutionary psychology). I used to be interested in theology and spirituality (very much) but with the time I became more interested in scientific topics.
"Spirituality": no more believes but instead, a profound acceptation of being a being (= nothing? / a living being!) among other being, species. I want life to be precious, thus I like to squeeze it to drink its magic taste, I like being consumed by my dreams, and I want to live it to the fullest and even more.
Character: I m a calm and pretty happy boy, I like as much laughing as silence.
I'm not into party and noisy events. I find party-disco too noisy, smoky and difficult places to create nourishing interaction... (I don't smoke and don't like the taste of alcohol)
I sometime hesitate to use the CS because:
- I'm vegetarian: it's not a religion*, I have eaten so much crap the last decade while wandering, I feel now the need to compensate and since 2/3 of my meals are made of oats, it's easier, healthier and even cheaper. (*When I'm invited on the road I'm eating everything). Maybe would you be one of those wonderful (and extremely rare) person who could easily accept to see their host eating something else without feeling offended...
- I like and I really need to sleep early, sleeping makes me happy!
Being present, questioning my certitudes, personal development
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I do not snore and I am a good boy, really!
As every system, Couch-Surfing has its limits:
■ Since I do travel to encounter different perception of the world I find embarrassing to have to choose among profiles suppose to fit my criteria. I don't see the point of traveling in order to end up with people who like what I like, who believe in what I believe and even who share the same values than me. The flip side of that system: I also find embarrassing to meet people who expect their host to think on the same way they do. (On the other hand I do understand that people travel for different reasons than looking for different people/world's perception.).
■ I wish Couch-surfing culture could be more diverse than just what we could call the "westerner backpaker culture" and the "party culture" which remains the same everywhere (globally the same values, goals and perception of human nature). Of course variation appears from one place to another but they are too restricted to really represent the richness of human diversity and culture differences. One need to choose between traveling to comfort our moral opinion of our values and the curiosity to explore other way of thinking.
■ Couch surfing doesn't really fit into a non-organized way to travel: profile reading and filling request is a long sedentary business. I wish we could invent more spontaneous way to interact with locals. I'm dreaming of a future where people level of maturity (and thus respect, responsibility, kindness, honesty etc.) will be scientifically assess so trust and selection won't be an issue anymore, you would just need to show your maturity card to open any door, go any where. It would be much more egalitarian than our current system (based on money and education level). It would also encourage people to focus on their personal development.
- It should be maybe written somewhere that we should not surf/travel if we are not 100% self-sufficient, a couch (trust) is precious and rare enough... (Because it is difficult to pass behind some guys that confuse CS with hostels).
I'm travelling to meet people. I'm not very much into old-new-famous-historical-sacred... building, places, bars or cities... I have sick tendency to fall asleep in museums, and "cultural places" and to get deadly bored with "extra-ordinary" stuff. I'm looking for intensity but I find it in the ordinary, in the daily routine of people. An exceptional place or moment is not for me about external stuff (landscape, event...) but about natural, spontaneous human interactions.
I'm interested in sciences, I'm currently working somewhere in the intersection of evolutionary psychology, anthropology, ethic and personal development.
Art-culture: I'm more interested in people's heart than what they are creating or thinking. (One can paint beauty with one hands and selfishness with the other, one can also talk about "humanism" "harmony" or "tolerance" while condemning what doesn't fit into their moral system). I'm touched and impressed by the art of living: empathetic behavior, human warmth, trust, generosity, community involvement, self-questioning, vulnerability, the ability to ask for forgiveness.
Political view: I'm writing about that because of my experiences, my "alternative" life style and humanistic projects people often expect me to share and confirm some popular beliefs about the world or human nature. It might help to avoid these embarrassing situation and probably some disappointment for my host. I do believe very much in ecology, community involvement, sustainable development, resources sharing -but- I'm not into new age stuff since I do not see societies/civilisation as a problem, but as a solution. I do not believe that humans are (or were) perverted by money, neither in (anymore) in the myth of the "Noble Savage" vs. "bad westerner". I don't consider that things are getting worst but rather the opposite. I don't see science the so called "mechanistic view of the world" as something cold, dark or dangerous, but as the opposite: as a source of harmony, empathy. You could find more here: rscmovement.org (The world might survived without this website... but it'll be tough!)
Music, Movies, and Books
Music: I like calm music, but I do also enjoy (prefer?) silence...
- the blank slate, Steven Pinker: the most challenging book I never read. A book that defies many modern western beliefs, (the one that are so deeply rooted in our culture, that they did become forbidden to question).
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach you how to cook ice... Or to walk, I'm very good at it...
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Mongolia, Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, France, Indonesia, Luxembourg