Jake Knight about
I have not a few opinions. In and through LukeyoutheU, its podcasts, essays, books, and website, I talk about things that I think about. I care about this stuff, this life; I care about Life. I hope, through this stuff, through LukeyoutheU, through my personal interactions, that those who look in live better, more joyous, more giving lives.
I am not particularly learned or credentialed. I have made mistakes and will make more mistakes in the future. I have been known, based on evidence, logic, or new understanding, to change my mind. Even, occasionally, on major issues. This website is updated/ revised not infrequently to reflect my current thinking.
Some other things about me, if you care to know.
Physically, I stand six feet tall (1.8m) when wearing thick-soled shoes; weigh about 170 pounds (77 kg), give or take. I am male, white, gay, and single. My hair: brown and gray. Fifty-odd years down; forty-odd (?) more to go.
Mentally, I believe in and think about stories including those of 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 complete and can become complete-er; imperfect and perfect, both. 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.
Educationally, 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.
Pop culturally, 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.
Residentially, these are 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 (in the borough of Manhattan) (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 in good old Rocklin, CA (3)
Numbers are cumulative and approximate.
LyU and me
LukeyoutheU reflects some of my deepest, most personal desires. I want to not only exist, but to also live. To be a part of Life, experiencing and living it today. To be a benefit to myself and others, others and myself. To do what I can, my parts, to prepare for a better future for those who will succeed us. To know, live, find, create, enjoy my roles in life.
From my beginning, because of the parents to whom I was born, the times, those around me, the culture from which I have come, and the conscious and unconscious choices I have made, certain belief structures have become embedded in me. Part of me. You, dear reader, have your own story and background, your own embedded beliefs, your own belief system. The trick is to make them work for you and for others.
I was fortunate, and have the responsibility, of having been born with a bronze spoon in my mouth. I have not been able to do everything I ever wanted, certainly not at the moment I always wanted. But I have had tremendous opportunities. These include: seeing the goodness of work and productivity in my parents; having been massively and unconditionally loved by them; living in the Montessori method of self-directedness and recognition of social and environmental interdependence; a Christian-culture orientation; the knowing and experiencing that there are things to be learned from other cultures and beliefs, that they also deserve to be, and to be respected; science; education; the belief that life can get better for most, maybe all; the knowing that physical life is not an illusion but is transitory; believing/ knowing that there is far more, far more, to life than only that which meets the eye.
This is a smorgasbord of beliefs. I have more besides. Sometimes they seem to, sometimes they do, in fact, logically contradict. But all exist within me and somehow work together. I know they work because my head, my life, does not explode. I would hazard a guess the same is true with you: that you are a collection of beliefs, some seemingly incompatible. Yet they are compatible in you.
That is some about me. My hope and intention is that my story will help you to better know/ see/ look at your own story.
To our better,
books, movies, television, videos, and podcasts that have influenced me
this I know
a philosophy of life
I took the header 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.