My life's evidence paints an interesting character. I grew up aimless, with a wounded step-father. I experienced Vietnam as a Navy veteran. After falling off a glacier, I faced both paralysis and a miraculous recovery. I ventured into entrepreneurship and, as a young father, I frustrated and wounded those I loved the most, all due to my misapplied 'strengths'. I cycled across America three times, contemplating why I did what I did (WIDWID).
After decades of mishaps and 50,000 miles pulling an Airstream behind me, I've reached an understanding: knowing oneself isn't a luxury or a contest against AI. It's a monumental challenge—a 'Personal Everest'—that beckons us all. Whether you're a fatherless man seeking wholeness, a single parent turning obstacles into opportunities, or a sage in perpetual pursuit of wisdom, this resonates with you:
"The Greatest Expedition you will ever undertake is the journey to self-understanding, for the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes."
Do you remember your first adventure? I was hopeful but unprepared, like a Fiat 500 burdened with unnecessary weight. Discovering the symbolic richness of the Fiat was an unforeseen incident that enriched each of my expeditions. As W.H. Murray observed, life is filled "with all manner of unforeseen incidents." During my explorations, many challenges arose from self-imposed life commandments and false conclusions that shaped my worldview. This realization enabled me to break free from the tyranny of my own thinking.
I've invested over 13,000 hours in producing Scotomaville. My aim is to empower Caltech authors and creators to muster the courage needed to navigate the rapidly accelerating changes we face. The evidence and personal examples within this trilogy, coupled with one-on-one conversations with me and aided by AI, will hasten your escape from Scotomaville. Through historic, digital, and personal literacy, we can transform obstacles into opportunities, evolving from the life we were handed into something far better.
So, I challenge you to document your 'Personal Everest' as a "journey with a purpose," building a lasting legacy for your family and future generations.