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Normalizing Life (ThinkJump Journal #1 with Kim Gentes)

Starting a discussion, how does that happen? Well, first you have to meet someone. Then you have to risk it. Risk what? Risk you. Risk opening your big mouth to find out if what you say matters. Not just to the person you are talking to, but to anyone. Most of all, does it even matter to you. If you are saying things that don't even matter to you, you aren't being honest with your conversation, I always say. Least of all, don't start off talking about nothing, when you really care about something.

One of the most important things I can think to talk about is life. I mean the human life. And how it works. How you work. How I work. What we do and why. As a professional in the analytical field of systems and computers, I have always been asked to reduce very human problems into definable conditions into which computer solutions could be applied for resolution. When I began to do that, I found it was remarkably straightforward, both in its science and in its application. I soon began to "take my work home" and began analyzing people outside of the realm of systems analysis in the business world. I began normalizing people into common sets of data, relationships and attributes.

Since then, much of my life has been viewed through the lens of normalization into the human world, afar removed from business, and entrenched in the nitty gritty of what is actually living- how we think, how we act, and how we connect. On the otherside of my brain is the dark and mysterious artist. Create music, invent things, look for God-life on earth, trying to break out, as it is in heaven.

That's a little something to start with. Not much, but at least it's something that matters in this mind. I'm sure its bad to use the words "I" and "my" so much, but you're in Kim's blog here, so at least let me get it out of my system.

Post your yak, I may let it stay. May not. It's up to both sides of my personality.

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