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 affect 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.
I am not writing this for people to know what type of stuff I enjoy. I am writing this to highlight a specific type of curiosity and dedication. There is an unimaginable amount of complex interactions in every single domain. All of these domains rely on each other, and they affect each other. Philosophy translates to "the love of wisdom". The philosopher is not picky, nor are they confined to a single domain. Any serious understanding must account for many different interactions, perspectives and angles. This is my desire: to approach the art of life in pursuit of a comprehensive understanding, and to share what I have learned.
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.