If a man has failed to find any good reason for believing that there is a God, it is perfectly natural and rational that he should not believe that there is a God; and if so, he is an atheist… if he goes farther, and, after an investigation into the nature and reach of human knowledge, ending in the conclusion that the existence of God is incapable of proof, cease to believe in it on the ground that he cannot know it to be true, he is an agnostic and also an atheist – an agnostic-atheist – an atheist because an agnostic… while, then, it is erroneous to identify agnosticism and atheism, it is equally erroneous so to separate them as if the one were exclusive of the other…
from Robert Flint
I think Tumblr creates an unrealistic fantasy world, for some. For others, it is an expression of their world in the form of fantasy. Is that good or bad? Does it have to be either?
Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
— Eric hoffer
Identity is the ultimate act of creativity.
Friends are the part of the human race with which one is able to be human.
I think I just decided I am going to write more personal stories on this blog in addition to the pictures and quotes and things. It was kind of liberating to put thoughts into words and “share” them. It offers the “why” to a lot of the “what” of this blog.
The only thing constant is change, right? Well, for the first time in three years, I don’t have a hotel or hostel reservation in a far away land, I am in the same time zone of nearly all of the most important people in my life, and I plan to have a permanent (two years permanent) address in exactly one month. The nomadic lifestyle I’ve happily grown accustomed to definitely has its ups and downs, but I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I am anxious about what lies ahead when I finally unpack by backpack. Being the eternal optimist, I don’t think this is a negative anxiety…it’s the same feeling you get when you go to a new place for the first time: the butterflies and vulnerability and wide-eyed “what adventures can I get myself into” kind of anxious. I suppose the best way to approach this latest addition to the journey is the same way one would approach a new land as a nomad: with an open mind, an open heart, a strong set of core values, and a smile.
Really, I can’t wait.