Hello! My name is Jake Knight. Thanks for stopping by.
If I were to try to use only one sentence to describe/ explain myself: mostly, I am a believer in and liver of Life.
I stand six feet tall (1.82m) (when standing straight and wearing thick-soled shoes); and weigh, 165 pounds (74.8 kg) (more or less). I am male, white, and gay. Single. My hair is brown and, increasingly, gray. I have completed more than fifty years on this spinning globe and plan on about fifty more.
I am a believer in science, history, self, others, causality, relationality, oneness, quantum physics (as far as I understand it), and the Bible. Also, that there are many creeds, and that not one has, or could have, the whole picture of All That Is.
Philosophically, Psychologically, and Motivationally:
I am a Jesian, spiritual, and pragmatic. Extremely pragmatic, at times. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has me as an E/INFP; by my reckoning, that is pretty much spot on. I know I am imperfect, and perfect, too. History, both personal and cultural; the sweep of events, finding and creating meaning; the relationship of thought, action, and things: these and other topics capture my interest and help keep me alive.
My formal studies have included:
8.5 formative years in the Montessori method;
6 at prep schools, the first co-ed and the second all-boys, both experiences also formative;
and at the University of Virginia, formative indeed.
I find myself in continual formation.
At UVa, that school in Charlottesville, I received a B.S. in Commerce and a minor in Religious Studies; almost, but not quite, got into a graduate level creative writing course but did get an A in an intermediate undergraduate one; was honored to be Chairperson of the Guide Service and live on the Lawn. A lot lot has happened since those early days, most of it obviously good. Suffice it to say that I have not changed so much as I have become more me.
I am a big fan of Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Babylon 5, Dune.
The places I have lived and called home:
San Francisco, CA (18 years)
Bowie, MD (14)
Baltimore, MD (4)
Charlottesville, VA (3)
New York, NY (3)
Worthington Valley, MD (3)
Palm Springs, CA (2)
Newbury Park, CA (2)
West Tisbury, MA (1)
Myrtle Beach, SC (.67)
Los Angeles, CA (.5)
My current home is good old Rocklin, CA (2.5)
Numbers are cumulative and approximate.
That is some about me. My hope and intention is that my story will help you to better know/ see/ look at your own. And see the Life and meaning in it. In you.
I present to you here, dear reader, now in your hands and awareness, LukeyoutheU. I hope you find it helpful, useful, and good.
books, movies, television, videos, and podcasts that have influenced me
this I know
a philosophy of life
I took this photo one winter's day in Rocklin, CA, outside the big box retailer where I worked. It was during one of those days (there have been more than a few) that I wondered about who I am and what I am about.
The vibrancy of the oranges, flares of yellow (most visible on a desktop computer), the power of the gray (made evident on mobile) astound me still.