Sharing My World – Week 3

dinner_conversation-640x504Here is my contribution to Share Your World for this week.  (Scroll to the bottom for more info on SYW.)

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

Dinner and conversation!  Karen Armstrong and Huston Smith, two of the leading scholars of comparative religion in my lifetime.  I’ve been profoundly influenced by both of them.  I’d like to ask them about two popular trends we’re seeing in America, the fascination with vampires and zombies, and tattoos.  What does that have to do with religions, you ask?  Lots.  While zombies and tattoos won’t be clearly stated in Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, I believe they are part of the need for love and belonging, verging on esteem.  We live in a world of anonymity with all of our social interactions happening on the cloud these days.  People are searching for meaning in new ways when they found traditional religions won’t serve their personal view of life any more.  I would love to have a discussion with them on all of this.

Yes, I am rather nerdy, but in a cute way, really.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

Tonight.  Cee and I sang “Singing in the Rain” and “My Favorite Things” while we were talking about her Fun Foto Challenge and Share Your World.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?

Fluent in Mandarin Chinese and culturally aware so that I would have a greater understanding of my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

I joke about a lot of things, but bigotry and racism are two things that I never take lightly.  This is the birthday of the American civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, so it’s a fitting response for today.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I just got a nifty microphone for my computer.  I want to start doing some audio blogs this year.  After much research and learning of new terms (dynamic and condenser mics, cardioid and omni polar patterns) I found one that was a good buy and small enough to carry for interviews.  Now I have to figure out how to use it and, more importantly, to get used to the sound of my own voice.  Ugh!  But it will be great fun!

Share Your World info and link:  Share Your World is a weekly challenge hosted by my spouse, Cee, at her photography blog. She started Share Your World years ago when she was running a number of challenges on a photography site similar to WordPress.  The majority of photographers are introverts, and they needed a way to get to know each other.  You don’t have to be a photographer to participate, though.  Grab the questions and give us your answers.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

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