Hometown: Sioux Falls
October 15, 2012
My growth as a critical thinker results from a constant doubt in my outlook on life. I have an intense need to defend embattled propositions and often find myself playing devil's advocate on behalf of mere possibility and philosophic humility. Doubt to me is about removing oneself from the immediate and conceptualizing the situation, which then allows for evaluation and reflection. Although I have of course been "wrong" about things, I try to see doubt as a constant opportunity for growth, rather than a final judgment. That said, I believe doubting yourself and the world around you, and your convictions about those things, will open up new possibilities for life. However, I remain convinced faith underlies all worthy enterprises, that they mean nothing without the heartfelt desire and belief of their participants. Even while doubt will inform our experience and guide us nearer our ends, life to me is a drive without objective reason, and we must supply our own through faith.
I'm a recent graduate of Luther College in Iowa now working in the Uptown area as a cook. I have a passion for philosophy, critical social theory, and revolutionary action.