Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart.
Be the inferior of no man, nor of any men be superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. These, understand. Have no shame in being kindly and gentle but if the time comes in the time of your life to kill, kill and have no regret.
In the time of your life, live—so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it.”
-William Saroyan, In the Time of Your Life
I included the above quotation because it speaks to me. I have a love/hate relationship with society and civilization in general. I'm fascinated by technology, and want to use it to change the world. My values have solidified over the past few years, but my opinions on any given topic are in a constant state of flux.
I want to branch out, to avoid spending my life in an echo chamber. I want to meet new people whose lives are completely different than mine, and I want to understand them, as best as I can. I want to learn as much as I can about the world, and I know each and every one of you has something to teach me.