Conradictions

I can be a wimp about the cold, but one of my goals is to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro before its ice cap is gone.

I think reality TV is a blight on the modern world, but secretly I’m a fan of Little People, Big World and I’ve watched The Real World since its inception 16 years ago.

I think hiking is great, and I try to get out regularly, but when night comes, there’s nothing like a warm bed in a cozy room.

I’m disappointed to see the US-centric homogenization of world culture, but how cool is it to have a Starbucks in Tokyo.

I’m fascinated with and admire many foreign cultures, but I worry about the long-term effects of immigrant populations that don’t assimilate into their adopted countries.

A big part of my career has been based on computing technologies, and I don’t go anywhere without my laptop, but I occasionally wonder how much net benefit we derive from personal computers.

I’m grateful for having been born in the US, and love much about my country, but I sometimes think I might be happier someplace kinder and gentler.

I’m ambiguous, at best, about religion, and haven’t practiced my personal religion (Lutheranism) in some time, but I want to make the kora around Mt. Kailas, the Tibetan trek that is said to cleanse past sins.

I dream of visiting far-away places where history comes alive and we become acutely aware of our existence and how it relates to generations past, but I’m horrified by the thought of actually doing the traveling so instead I translate my dreams into words and let my mind travel wherever my heart desires.

I’m a tree-hugging hippie at heart, but I drive a gas-guzzling, environment destroying SUV.

I try to keep healthy by going to the gym and following a vegetarian, organic diet, but put a pizza and a beer in front of me and I’m all done.

I find that as I cast off possessions, I become happier, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting an iPod.

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