Growing up, my family was Christian, and as far as I can remember I never entirely understood what Christianity was all about. I was taken to church regularly, so I often thought about the big concepts that come with it, such as God and nature (and why they are separate) and what it all means. I felt that the more and more I thought about it, the less confident I was in Christianity. Why am I wasting my time listening to these kids sing? What are they worshiping? I would ask questions, but even the adults couldn't fully satisfy my curiosity. They would usually say something about being faithful, but that wasn't enough for me. I think the fountain of questions that came from analyzing religion had a large effect on my being. And though today I am not Christian, I still feel a spiritual connection to reality that can't be explained through religion. But that's only the beginning.
Throughout standard schooling, I didn't get great grades. To be fair, though, while most kids were doing their best at school, I was doing okay at school and learning everything I could after school. My main research interest during middle and high school was focused on computers. I learned how they worked, how to build them, what goes into creating software, the information security involved, and where computers were taking us. In high school I focused more on information security and I started learning about Linux. These side projects eventually influenced where I thought my future career could go. Leaving college, I planned on going into Information Security.
But plans changed during college. In the process of earning the credits required, I found a new love. I took two philosophy classes and my life changed. I had always been a bit irritable, getting angry at things and treating people in ways I regretted. Not to mention I would go through the occasional depressive episode, philosophy opened my eyes to a world previously kept away. I realize today I had always been interested in philosophy, I just didn't realize it was philosophy at the time. It helped me mold a more positive mental state, and demonstrated that money is only one tiny part of how we live life, and that through philosophy, I could work to attain a greater livelihood. It took almost a year for me to realize this, and when it came down to it, I changed paths. I no longer wanted a full time job working with computers, but I would strive to create and teach philosophy, to bring as much value to people's lives as I could.
It should be restated that without my parents I wouldn't be who I am today. They are an incredibly helpful part of my life and I am eternally grateful. I still treat them worse than I would like sometimes, but I feel through philosophy I can improve and affect everybody as positively as possible.
So now we are somewhat caught up. I'm Tristan Johns, a normal human trying to understand life and help people do the same. Through understanding we can become better people, to ourselves and those around us, and ultimately make our experience a better place. Thanks for reading.