About Bob

Note: The “About Bob” script is a personal introduction to my readers. If you are looking for a shorter more impersonal third-person biography please see the Media and Permission page. There are three versions for you to choose from, depending on your need.

 Is there anything authors dislike more than writing about ourselves?

When younger, before the humbling realizations of my many short-comings, I welcomed the chance to put “me” on a pedistal and line out the world on all of the things I thought were important. Today I long for a more reserved presence, and would write from the shadows if I could. But the publishing world has changed, writers are expected to market themselves, and developing closer relationships between authors and readers benefits us all. And because of this we get to move away from the dry impersonal third-person factual accountings many of us dread to write, and offer some deeper insight into who we are as a person.

So my new friends, if you’re interested in what makes me exicited to get up every morning read on.

I’m a father, a scholar and philosopher, an aspiring writer of fiction for the informed public, and to an extent a visionary (others would say a dreamer, or maybe even a naïve fool who’s wasted his life thinking about what could be rather than dealing with what is). Somehow I hope to bring all of these facits of my life together and find my unique contribution to humanity, which as corny as it sounds, will leave the world a little better place for my time on it.

I’m passionate about the things I engage in life, and usually want to spend as little time as possible doing those that I don’t like. I’ve been an advocate of early rising all my life (well, you know, life as in after high school) and engage early morning meditation almost every day. No, I don’t follow a specific tradition, though if I had to claim one it would be Raja yoga. My “yoga” includes all aspects of my life, from meditation in the morning to drinking more Malbec than recommended in the evening. And I’ve found the more lightly it’s held the better I’m able to integrate yoga’s ancient wisdom with my engagement of the modern world. I tend to stay away from larger social gatherings, take time to develop my friendships, and find complaining personalities quite boring. And when in the ocean I prefer the freedom of riding the waves with nothing but fins and my body, though my shoulders are aching for me to finally make the transition to a longboard.

One of my goals is to bridge the gap between scholars doing research in the academy and the informed public living in the real world. And while these domains overlap they are also very different perspectives for engaging life, even if some of my professors bridled at the suggestion (I must admit I was pretty hard on a few of my younger professors, and the experience of me returning to college was, I am sure, no where near as enjoyable for them as it was for me). In this way I hope help the people attempting to stay aware get the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves and us.

I want to give people hope: to help them see that the world is not preordained. I want to let them know that those people in charge are miniscule in number, not omniscient or all powerful, and that they are more interested in improving their lot in life than they are the best interest of humanity or the planet. I want to help people realize that we cannot only change how our world operates but that now we have the responsibility to do so, and that we can each participate in our own way. And I want to show people a vision of a more compassionate future and let them know how it will benefit them and their loved ones. But more than that, I want to give them the tools and the ideas they need to transform our planet, and the words they need to convey this hope, vision, and message to others.

Finally, I would like to help people move beyond the traditional idea of enlightenment and realize that their true nature is at once the same as all, yet still unique from all. The quagmire resulting from the partial understanding of oneness has trapped people striving for enlightenment since it’s realization, and while it’s a necessary step in our development it can often result in inertia and an ineffectual approach to life. Oneness cannot manifest until we also embrace, explore, and apply our personal uniqueness.

In other words, yes, each of us is one with all and to hurt one is to hurt all. But, without diminishing that commonality, we each have a different matrix of genetics, personality, group experiences, environmental influences, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera that makes us a unique flavor of oneness different than any other sentient being in the kosmos. If Spirit is all, then I’m Bobby flavored Spirit, you’re Jo flavored Spirit, and on and on. For humanity to achieve it’s potential we as individuals must embrace our uniquness while affirming our sameness and go forth to weave our personal attributes into the tapestry of creation.

Robert A. Kezer, PhD

Revised 13 February 2016

 

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