My name is Jason, and I created this page for you to learn where I’m coming from. Thank you for visiting!
I’m following an ancient path toward peace. It’s hard to keep in mind all the great wisdom we’ve created over history, so I created Justice For Life is a means to remember what’s most important, allow myself to forget what should be left behind. As you read below, you’ll see how I’ve been walking this path for a long time.
Peace, or Profits?
An important point on my path was the first day of college courses at Boise State University. In general business 101 the professor started the class with this question: what is the purpose of a company?
The answer was as depressing to me as true: the legal purpose of a company is to increase shareholder wealth. No wonder all some companies care about is cutting costs and raising prices! I would later come to understand how supply & demand are flawed concepts, masking the real value of our resources. Even to this day, when I see the many injustices in our economy, I remember that it was structured to increase individual wealth, not share it.
But my journey gained passion and purpose while working at the Boys & Girls Clubs. There, we empowered youth with values, encouragement, and opportunities to succeed. We showed that young people will shine when given a safe, supportive community; I’ve come to see that we all do.
I consider myself a philanthropist and a humanitarian, largely because of the rewards of working with kids.
Science and Wisdom.
I have maintained to my best ability a grounding in science. An obsession with popular science books during my college years led me to an understanding of who we are as human animals in 14-billion year old universe, insulated from survival with technology. I especially loved anthropology, cognitive sciences, and sociology, which all contained themes of understanding our animal natures.
My experiences traveling have also informed this work. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I came to a new understanding of social structures, and what it means to be happy. I also taught and expanded my skills at team building by co-creating the Tech Squad, a group of teens that traveled the country to rehabilitate broken down computer labs in rural villages. While in Namibia I developed a deep appreciation for community, and to let loose and have fun!
I’ve come to see that I can help people wherever I live, which is why I returned to my home in Boise after the Peace Corps. I raised funds for nonprofits, recruited mentors for youth, and saw the power of community to heal lives and stop cycles of violence.
I consider myself a humanist largely because of the awareness I gained through meeting lots of other people, and seeing the many kinds of challenges we all face. While working to support people with rare cancers, I learned about the mysterious power of the placebo affect, and the importance of the support of others in health. I’ve seen the powerful healing qualities of drugs like cannabis and psilocybin, and experienced first hand the ways drug policies have harmed innocent people.
Stephanie & Seattle
Three women have shaped who I am more than anything else in my life. My mother is the first – she showed me love in it’s purest form, and has never waivered our whole lives together. In 2009 I met Stephanie, and she expanded my world and helped me find a power within myself I never knew existed. We explored in new ways, threw fun parties, and made lots of friends. I learned a lot about myself while deeply in an attached love, and I have her to thank for my love of Seattle. We moved there together in 2015 with our two dogs and three cats, seeking vegan friends.
I found great challenges in Seattle, and I am stronger for having gone through them, and also different.
The stress of social change, the unfairness of classicism, and the problem of selfishness. It’s all right in my face. I also see the solutions in the people and companies who have already made tremendous progress in bringing positive changes to local communities.
In Seattle, I see the future in cities filled with people eager to find their place in the world and their contribution to the greater good. It’s a place where everyone can belong, or at least find people like them. It’s messy and expensive, as is the pursuit of justice.
COVID & Village
In 2020, the world changed faster than ever before. For me, it meant an end to a 10-year marriage and the release of a deep depression. It also meant the blossoming of something quite unique and beautiful: Village.
After many years of trying many approaches to community building, it all came to a focus in April of 2020 in what is now called Village Seattle. It’s a joy for me to support this community, and a reward to see it strengthen and grow.
Along this path I’ve met some tremendously amazing humans. They have brought me in close contact with artistry, systemic racism, eastern philosophy, meditation & yoga, and fun like I’ve never had before.
All of my experiences have informed a vision of Justice For Life, and I’m so excited to share it with you.
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