When I was a child, my father worked in the foreign service (U.S. State Department), which meant we travelled the world, and lived in
different countries as a family. I like to think that my exposure to other societies and cultures helped me to develop into a tolerant
and open-minded individual. As Mark Twain said, "travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." I highly recommend to
everyone that they get out and see the world some - it will help you become aware of the big picture of human existence, and see your
own familiar milieu in a new light.
We eventually returned to the United States, and moved to Virginia, where I attended South Lakes High School in Reston. Then
I pursued a Bachelor of Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. While doing so, I participated in the University's work-study program. Another recommendation
of mine is for young students to get some work experience as early as possible - you will develop skills and knowledge that you will
not pick up in an academic environment, and you will get a head start on building your resume.
I lingered in Blacksburg for quite a few years after graduating. No doubt
my best memories of good times come from that era of my life. But I had to move on, to make something of myself, and that's how I ended
up where I am today.
Since sometime in the '90s I have been very interested in the generational theory of William Strauss and Neil Howe. Their
book 13th Gen really struck a chord with me.
Then I read Generations,
and before long I was an active participant on the
T4T discussion forum. For several years I had a generations blog where
I posted news stories and commentary relevant to the theory. I stopped updating the blog some time ago, but I'm keeping a site up
with my latest ruminations on generations.
Steve's Saecular Pages
Some essays and other material based on the Strauss and Howe
Another big influence on my thinking has been the work of Amit Goswami. That started when I read
The Self-Aware Universe at the
recommendation of an old friend. That book opened my eyes to a new way of understanding the spiritual dimension
of life. Now I own most of the books Goswami has written.
Goswami uses quantum physics as a starting point to explore a consciousness-based science of
reality. As such, he reintroduces spirituality into scientific thinking. He describes a model of the world we experience
which affirms the beliefs of the perennial philosophy. His ideas make
sense to me in light of some of the stranger things that have happened to me in my life.
I really think there is a synergy to be found between the consciousness-based ontology described by Amit Goswami and theories of
history, sociology, and other so-called "soft sciences". The idealist paradigm of the perennial philosophy recognizes that higher-order
things like ideas, beliefs, and choices are real, whereas the materialist paradigm brushes them off as mere epiphenomena.
I also believe that acknowledging that higher orders are not mere trappings, but rather are substantial realities, helps one
to see that there is a progressive evolution in the cosmos. Life is not a meaningless struggle for existence; we really are going
somewhere. To paraphrase Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, if we can't accept that there are further stages in the development of
consciousness, then all that we've come to so far has been pointless, and the universe is absurd. But if we can believe in higher
orders yet unattained, then we can have full faith that a brighter future awaits.
Big Steve's Big Site
This is a web site where I rant about life, the universe and everything.
My original generational theory blog. It records my struggles to figure out
what was happening socially in the 2000s era.
In 2004 I had a seizure while driving,
so I wrote a sort of a blog about it.