Benji108
42 Grand Rapids, United States
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My self-summary
Artist. Former monk. Linguist. Traveler. Philosopher. Teacher. Scholar. Historian. Hermeneut. Ambivert. Writer. Carpenter. Flexitarian.

Hannibal. Fayetteville. Petoskey. Grand Rapids. Jackson. Louiseville. New Orleans. Austin. Wheeling. Chicago. Los Angeles. San Francisco. San Diego. Santa Barbara. Philidelpia. Delhi. Kolkata. Gainesville. Boston. NYC. Mumbai. Kathmandu. Bhaktapur. Vrindavan. Charlottesville. D.C.. Budapest. Oxford.

Our possibilities are finite. Let's take life by the horns.
What I’m doing with my life
Art, build, eat, socialize, read, sleep, repeat.
I’m really good at
Making sense out of obscure philosophical issues,
Boiling the insanity of life down into sensible solutions,
Making professional-grade art,
Making jokes on the fly,
Thinking in 4D.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Totality and Infinity, The Silmarillion, The Artful Universe, Slaughterhouse 5, India and Europe, The Red Book, The Guide, Saṃskāra, Aristotle's Metaphysics, Wheelock's Latin, Songs of Longing, Vyāsadeva's Jaya-saṃhitā, Aesop's Fables, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Sein und Zeit, art books of almost any sort...

Movies: Life of Pi, Casino Royale, Chronicle, Watchmen, Prometheus, Bladerunner, Alien, Avatar, Moulin Rouge, Thor, Iron Man, The Dark Night, Batman Begins, Spiderman, Star Trek, Defendor, Schindler's List, The Lower Depths (Les Bas-Fonds), Emelie, Juno, Pirates of the Caribbean (the whole series), Superbad, Babel, Sherlock Holmes (w/ Downey, Jr. et al), Gataka, Powaqqatsi, etc., etc., etc.

TV-wise (for the most part, I stream): Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Lost, Sopranos, Scrubs, Key & Peele, John Stewart, Vice, Agents of Shield.

Music: Leonard Cohen, Bowerbirds, Dirty Projectors, Radiohead, Andrew Bird, Eliot Smith, Band of Horses, J.S. Bach, Handel, Albinoni, Chopan, George Harrison, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Bee-Gees, ELO, Snow Patrol, Mumford & Sons, Ratatat, Beck, Primus, Nirvana, Jackie Deshannon, The Jim Carroll Band, Florence & the Machine, Ministry, Soundgarden, Angus & Julia Stone, Glen Hansard and Arketa Irglova, LMFAO, Dubstep, Elliot Moss and on and on...

Food: Gourmet, anything made with Curd (but specifically, Palak Paneer), simple, steamed veggies with a bit of salt and butter, sometimes with some more spice thrown in, Revolutionary Soup, Lemon Grass, Fruits, Organic, non-GMO, Naked Juice, Mangoes, Avacadoes (I have a secret recipe I'd like to share with you in this regard; just ask me for it), California salads (ex., baby spinach, mandarin orange segments, dried cranberries, crushed tortilla chips, sundried tomatoes, almond slivers, feta cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette; if you don't believe me, try it for yourself), Kambucha, Stouts, IPAs, Single-malts, Oh, and regardless of gender, chocolate is good for the soul.

This is just a short list. There is much, much more in this world to be enjoyed.
The six things I could never do without
Old Friends
Well-curated Nature
The possibility of making art
Novel, hearty food
Wit/Humor/Irony
Routine, Packed Schedule
Yoga/Exercise
I spend a lot of time thinking about
The basic human experience of Time, and the art of relating that to the history of human conflicts and resolutions.
On a typical Friday night I am
Socializing, attending a public event, or relaxing at home.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
I really have no idea what to put here. Not sure the web is the best place to spill private details. Also, if I'm willing to admit something that I regard as private on the Internet (of all places), doesn't that make it not private?
You should message me if
You think you need to spend time with someone in person to really get to know them.

You prize patience over passion, and passion over lethargy. At the very least, the last part.

You'd like to show off your amazing conversational skills.

You are a freak, geek, or nerd (and of course, an artist). I'm a big fan.
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