I saw you today!!!!

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Submitted by Amanda K. on Sat, 2008-07-19 23:39.

Hello fellow human being! I unfortunately did not get the chance to stop and speak with you... I was driving down 47th and broadway, in Wichita Ks,as you crossed the intersection and I noticed the sign on your back and it sparked my attention. By the time I was able to turn around I could not find you... so I wrote down the website and thought I would see what your all about.I think that what you are doing is very commendable and I want to wish you the best of luck on your journey.I have always wondered what it would be like to take off on a journey like yours and to see how the world would treat you when you are out on your own. I have always been a little cautious and "shy" when it comes to talking with strangers. I supposed it was just the way I was brought up.I have heard all the horror stories and seen all the violence that our media portrays and it has caused me to put up a wall around myself that I do not put down unless I feel safe. I had learned to either suspect the worst in order to protect myself, or to just assume that we are supposed to mostly rely on ourselves and our close network of family and friends for support. Then a few years ago I went on a camping trip with some friends and we ended up getting a flat tire... the problem was that we were in the middle of no where... on a Sunday when most stores were closed... we had no spare tire... we ran out of money... and we could not get a hold of any family or friends to help us out. It took 8 hours to get home when it normally would take us about 2 hours.But, it was one of the best trips of my life! I was amazed at the amount of caring individuals that we met that were more than willing to help us out in any way they could.They had never met us and they had no reason to help us out. But thier human kindness and compassion was amazing! Without them we would have been in so much more trouble.I do not know the names of the people that helped us and I may never see them again. But, their kindness changed my entire perspective on people.It gave me hope that the world is not as evil as it is sometimes portrayed. Since that day I have decided that I wanted to pass on this random act of kindness and help out anyone that I can.I would have loved to have talked with you and heard some of the interesting things that you have encountered. Since I was unable to visit with you, I would like to encourage you on your website. I am currently a student at a local community college and I am in a sociology class and an anthropology class... it is something that is very interesting to me.I can not wait to hear about your "findings." I love education and to learn new things! I think that I will probably be in school as long as I am able to afford it. Which is kind of scary to me because the economy, gas prices, and student loans. But, I try to learn something new everyday. If it is not in the classroom, I find it all around me. I have realized that everyone that you come into contact with can teach you something new. It is so easy to get wrapped up in your own life and to blank out everything else that is going on in the world. But to actually reach out to someone outside of your norm is so much more rewarding. Looking at all the problems that are going on today can somewhat seem overwhelming. There are so many issues that I would love to fix but I would not even know where to start or how to prioritize them.Standing alone I feel so small, but united we could change the world.As far as if Armageddon could be coming... I do not believe so. It seems to me that humans through out history have always thought that the end is near.But, that does not mean that I am not prepared if it were to come.You never know when your own demise will come and therefore I try to live each day as if it could be my last... whether that is because the world will end or if it will just be myself.I am not the most religious person in the world, but I have found that my religion makes since to me and that since I have studied about it more, I feel more at peace with myself and the things that go on around me.I suppose that is all I will write for now. If there is anything that I can do to contribute to your cause or to help you out on your journey, feel free to let me know. I am glad you are taking a stand and doing something that so many of us are not able to do.
Keep in touch and let me know how everything turns out. You are in my thoughts and my prayers and I wish you nothing but the best.
Sincerely,
Amanda
Wichita, KS
July 19,2008

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Submitted by fellow human on Tue, 2008-11-04 00:56.

[img_assist|nid=133|title=|desc=|link=url,http://|align=left|width=71|height=100]Hey Hey, Amanda K.

I am very sorry I did not reply to this comment sooner. I simply fancy myself too busy to respond to comments and that is a shame and I am trying to catch up.

Anyway, I'm so glad to hear about the experience you had with the kind strangers and how it affected your own perspective and approach to others in life. That is an excellent example of how our behavior can create waves of constructive action that pass through many people. When I find myself helping a stranger out I often make a point of asking that they help someone else in need that they may encounter and they always respond with assurance that they will.

I believe even the "evil" in the world can be misunderstood and addressed in such a way that contributes to its perpetuation. Part of what this project is about is an exploration concerning what more we can do to sort of help evil reduce itself by the way in which we respond to it. I think it is important to keep our minds open to the possibility that we may sometimes be misinterpreting what we call evil.

I would ask you to remember your assertion that you find education "all around" you and consider that there is a great deal of evidence in our history and our world that we ourselves have ways in which to grow that we do not even understand. In other words we don't just have room to grow concerning the things we want to learn more about, but also concerning the things we think we already know!

As far as not knowing where to start with the world's issues, another thing I am suggesting is that we can very substantially address them from the inside out with innovation in education. Helping generations of people to more clearly see and understand themselves and each other and you address virtually all issues in one fell swoop.

Don't feel too small against the issues we all face. You are living proof that positive people can spread positive results. This is how I believe the world will change for the better: through the chain reactions of caring individuals such as yourself.

Thanks for your input!

-fellow human

Submitted by kevsugly on Wed, 2008-10-29 23:20.

Hey DUDE
we saw you on lake rd. near ROcky River, OH on our search to catch some lake waves Tuesday, oct 28th, around noon. We ended up about 15 mins (driving) west of you, surfin at a spot in lorain n never found you on our way home. Our friend cassandra is stoked to meet you. Shes been lookn for someone to walk with for some time now. Email us back if you want her number. Shes pretty darn serious about this. She lives in chagrin falls, OH
Good luck, we give you a bunch of credit for doin whatchyer doin.
Kev and Tom

PS: we have pics of our surf if you think we are foolin you.
HAVE FUN!!!

Submitted by smschmidt on Thu, 2008-07-31 11:01.

It was nice talking to you to meat someone new , and share some of my info with you about Kent & Scott's Going Green Fual System. A little about my life after been struck by lighting in June 2001 and my experience with the lighting that not vary many people known about. Your Friend in Emporia,Ks

Submitted by fellow human on Mon, 2008-08-04 21:45.

[img_assist|nid=133|title=|desc=|link=url,http://|align=left|width=71|height=100]Hey, Scott, how are you?

Larry tells me you sold that unit the next day. That's good to hear.

I really enjoyed learning about and was impressed by your supplementary hydrogen rig. I am going to compose a little blog post about it and my other experiences in Emporia sometime soon.

I enjoyed meeting you too and hope you keep selling/installing those units.

Take care. -Ted

Submitted by chris martin on Fri, 2008-07-25 00:04.

hey fellow human,
chris here. My family and I enjoyed having you stay with us, recently in El Dorado. I really enjoyed having the chance to talk with you and discuss the world as we see it. Are you still going to plan on eureka on friday? Give me a call tonite if you get this message in time. I'm not sure if I will be able to get out friday, but I am hopeful. I hope that you will find all the answers that you seek. We are all on our own journey in this life and it is in this journey that we learn unfortunately the good and the bad that lies in each of us that determines who we are to become. If we do not connect on friday, keep in touch, and I wish you all the best.
chris

Submitted by fellow human on Tue, 2008-11-04 00:26.

[img_assist|nid=133|title=|desc=|link=url,http://|align=left|width=71|height=100]Chris!

I could have sworn I replied to this lo these many days ago.

Anyway, thank you and Natalie so much for taking me in as a kindness to a stranger.

As far as your comment on the good and the bad in us, I feel those terms are limiting but most importantly the good and bad comprise many subtle aspects of ourselves and the more we are comfortable with our own fallibility is the more that we can recognize and work with this spectrum within the only person in this world we can change: ourselves.

I enjoyed meeting you and your family and hearing about how you home school and handle such a good sized crew.

Thanks for all you gave and take care all!

-fellow human