I\'m a Canadian living and working in Cairo, Egypt. I moved to Cairo in January 2007 after l... more
I\'m a Canadian living and working in Cairo, Egypt. I moved to Cairo in January 2007 after living in Vancouver, Canada. So, yes, I left fabulous friends, the mountains and ocean to make new friends in the wild, chaotic world of Cairo. After reading and learning about the Middle East over the last decade, I thought it was time to go explore it first hand. And, with some luck, my Arabic will improve!
For as long as I can remember, I\'ve always had the thought that there is something that\'s not quite right with the world and how we are living. Notwithstanding this feeling, I found myself getting a standard business education and have mostly lived in the business world for my "day job", although I have been a "corporate refugee" from time to time. Outside of work, I try to help various social and environmental justice organizations. I have also done my best to educate myself on a number of the important issues of our time: environmental degradation and destruction; global poverty and injustice; and the great potential for endless and escalating war, with potentially disasterous consequences for humanity and the planet.
My personal interests are in understanding the intersection of individual human nature, the nature of "culture", our socio-economic institutions and structure, environmental issues, psychology, history, and philosophy. To what end? Well, I doubt very much that the answers to our major problems rest in any one area; rather, I suspect the key is at this point of intersection. Ultimately, however, until we understand the nature of human self interest and how that manifests itself in our culture and our institutions, I doubt very much that significant change will occur. I suppose that means I have to understand this in myself, which is the real challenge; of course, this is what i\'m most responsible for and what I, fortunately, have the most control over - a work in progress, indeed!