My name is Jason Sears, and I’m a peace seeker. I am a pacifist, a philanthropist, a humanist, and a vegan.
I created Justice for Life because I’m following an ancient path toward peace. Justice For Life is a means to remember what’s most important, forget what should be left behind, and prove that sustainable peace is possible, and not far away.
Peace, or Profits?
This is a journey I started on my first day of college at Boise State University. One of my first classes was general business 101, and the professor started the class with this question: what is the purpose of a company?
The answer was depressingly 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.
My work is well grounded in science. An obsession with popular science books 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. In Namibia I developed an appreciation for community, and to let loose and have fun!
I’ve come to see that I can help others right where I live, which is why I returned to my home in Boise after the Peace Corps. I raised funds, recruited mentors, and saw the power that community has to help and heal people.
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. And as a regular consumer of cannabis, I’ve seen the powerful healing qualities of many drugs and the ways drug policies have imprisoned so many people for nonviolent crimes.
Stephanie & Seattle
In 2009 I met Stephanie, and she expanded my world. We explored in new ways, threw fun parties, and made lots of friends. I learned a lot about myself while deeply in love, and it was because of her that I’m now in love with 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 a 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, and 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.
Stephanie and Jason in Maui, September, 2017
(Sadly, we separated in 2020 after 10 years of marriage but she is still the inspiration for all my work)
All of my experience have informed a vision of Justice For Life, and I’m so excited to share it with you.
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