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Don Kurilec

Portland, OR, United States

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Overview

  • 105 Positive References
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 35, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Graphic Artist
  • Art College
  • From Cleveland, OH, USA
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

Work responsibly and joyfully to make our lives, and our societies, into expressions of our love for ourselves, for each other, and for the living Earth.

ABOUT ME

I'm a Graphic Artist originally from Cleveland, OH.

Environmentally Conscious. Pescetarian. Very Passionate about Nature. Fascinated by all Wildlife.

PHILOSOPHY

Maybe we aren't on a one-way road to oblivion. Maybe we're standing at a crossroad, facing what may be the most important choice human beings have ever faced, a choice between two directions. In one direction is what we will have if we do nothing to alter our present course. By doing nothing, we are choosing a world of pollution and extinctions, of widening chasms and deepening despair, a world where humanity moves ever farther from achieving its highest aspirations and ever nearer to living its darkest fears.

Our other choice is to actively engage with the living world. On this path we work responsibly and joyfully to make our lives, and our societies, into expressions of our love for ourselves, for each other, and for the living Earth. In this direction we honor our longing to give our children, and all children, a world with clean air and water, with blue skies and abundant wildlife, with a stable climate and a healthy environment.

If you live with fear for our future, you are not alone.

If you live with dreams of a better world, you are not alone.

We all live, now, with both the pain and the possibility we carry in our hearts, both the despair and the hope that we may yet learn to live in harmony with our precious and endangered Earth. There is not a person alive today who does not, at some level, know we are facing these two directions, and understand how much is at stake.

I am aware how strong are the forces of ignorance, greed, and denial in our society. I know it is possible that we won't make it.

But I am also aware of how strong is the longing and the love of life in the human heart. And so I know it is possible that we will make it, that we will create a sustainable economy that protects the living systems of the Earth, that we will come to be part of the world's repair. The power of darkness in our world is great, but it is not as great as the power of the human spirit. We can learn to provide for our needs and limit our numbers while cherishing this beautiful planet and its creatures. It is in our nature to honor the sacredness of life.

What is at stake today is enormous; it is the destiny of life on Earth. At such a time, walking a path of honoring ourselves and the living planet is our responsibility as citizens of the planet, but it is something more, as well.

It is also a joy, and a privilege.

- John Robbins, The Food Revolution

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I am a true advocate of Couchsurfing.org. It has helped me meet so many amazingly beautiful people. I volunteer as much as possible in the Portland, OR CS community as a local ambassador. I help facilitate the Weekly Meet-Ups.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I'm moved out of Cleveland, OH in early 2008 to Alaska. I spent 10 weeks driving across the U.S. In the instance when camping wasn't available, or no family or friends could put me up, couchsurfing.org was a big help! It gave me the chance to meet some great people, and experience the areas I wouldn't have found during my travels. Many thanks to CS for all the great new friends I have met during my travels!

Interests

Art, Music, Animals, Nature, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Traveling, Healthy Living

Music, Movies & Books

Way too many to name.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Spent a month kayaking around San Juan Island, WA. Encountered a Super Pod of over forty Orca Whales.

Incredible experience!

Sea Quest Kayak Expeditions in San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, WA

Teach, Learn, Share

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality." —John Lennon

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind..." —Bob Marley

“Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to humankind.” —Albert Schweitzer

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase [our] chances for survival as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” —Albert Einstein

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect." — Chief Seattle

Countries I've Visited

Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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