The journey towards understanding the world as it truly is has been a journey decades in the making. There have been many people, ideas, and events that have lead me and kept me working on these problems.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.— Bertrand Russell
When I was born in Beijing, China, the country was still in turbulence. My father was fortunate enough to have been allowed to study abroad. While I didn’t know it then, the deep rooted differences in cultural belief of the country that my parents were and the country that I would grow up in would lead me to question many things that others around me took for granted.
I was a deeply curious child.
During my teenage years, I had a crisis of faith and a falling out with the church. I experienced what I think many others of my generation did as well. As Mahatma Gandhi said of the church, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” While many of the ideas of a omnipresent deity watching over us were comforting at times, that idea also left me deeply disappointed at how far the church fell short of being able to fulfill the promises that it proclaimed. I saw so much conflict both in the world and in my family, something that would be a travesty for an omnipotent loving god to let pass.
At the same time, I was fortunate enough to grow up just as personal computers were becoming accessible and prevalent. Like many, I was captivated by it. I loved that it would do what I told it to, something that existed in stark contrast to the world around me. Before I got my own computer I would go over to my friend’s house to play Oregon Trail after school. When I did finally get my own computer, I spent hours playing Age of Empires. Needing to take things apart, I wanted to build my own games, my own worlds.
As I grew, I became more interested in designing and making video games. Even though these games were fantasy, they still occupied a small slice of real people’s lives. How you designed these world would affect their lives directly.
Meaning of stories and why they exist
We all do this in smaller or larger parts.
Humans are great because they are malleable and adaptable learners.
To seek all the experiences of humanity.