Hi, I’m here

A little over a year ago, I stopped regularly engaging with social media. It wasn’t an absolute, deliberate choice but instead something that was fueled in part by a general boredom with technology and also by my growing anxiety with the increasing amount of propaganda on social media. It was bothersome and frustrating to not only see it all but to see my friends and family blindly following aggressive and misleading content towards ideologies I felt were very wrong. I don’t want social media to be a political tool or even a news outlet but instead a way to connect with other people. I believe that technology has the ability to strengthen our humanity if we let it, but I believe the best way to do it is to remember the people with whom we’re connecting through that technology.

I miss the ease with which I can interact with people on social media, and I think I can approach it now with a clear and creatively-charged mind. I plan to share and engage a bit more, but I totally will block your ass if you’re being an idiot.

If you’re wondering where I’ve been: I quit my job, traveled a lot with my savings, released an album of piano solos, learned to oil paint, learned to draw vector images, built an identity as a street artist (kinda), mastered making ice cream, and learned to solder, among other things. I’m continuing to work on my music and art, and I’m toying with the idea of building a business plan for a unique ice cream shop.

I’m now figuring out what I want to do next professionally. I want to find a job that is challenging both intellectually and creatively. I didn’t mind being a data analyst, but I don’t want to be a data jockey or task rabbit that just does what he’s told. That sort of humdrum just doesn’t make for a happy Domenick. I enjoy and excel at being in charge of projects that require a wide range of skills. Let me know if you come across anyone that might need me.

In the meantime, enjoy this video that I included with my application to The Onion:


How to visit other cultures

I was watching a television program that covered some student missionary work to rural Africa. The students as well as the mission leaders strolled around a compound, observing and marveling at the way these people lived. Occasionally the mission leader would ask one of the locals what they were doing or what something was, and then the mission leader would get excited and explain it all to the students. There would be some discussion, and the students would take pictures and video. They were observers, they acted like scientists, they were careful not to get too involved with the locals. They were culture tourists. I’ve seen people act like this before, in person, and there’s something unsettling about it.

It’s great to introduce yourself to cultures that are different than you. It’s awesome to interact with people who live different than you. But when you do, don’t marvel at them as if you’re impressed with the way they weave cotton by hand. Don’t observe them as if they are animals. They are people just like you. Sit down with them, chat, have a meal. When you approach another human beings in their home town, ask to join them as if you are both human beings. Because you are. They are just people who do things differently than you. Its offensive and wrong to treat people like they’re not people. Be kind, open-minded, respectful, and adventurous.