What's up! I'm J.

Thanks for being here. Can I get you a beer?

Give the world a hug

Give the world a hug

There is a LOT of senseless, fucked-up shit in this world that challenge beliefs I didn't know I had until forced to really examine them. I don't like sitting on the sideline because I usually always have a loud opinion. I'm also frustrated by others who immediately buy into the media propaganda hype and knee-jerk react without thinking. I used to be that guy. 

I want to feel safe, and I don't like feeling scared. I don't want my family, friends or even strangers to be afraid of being alive on this beautiful planet. Truth be told, I'm really struggling with what's going on right now with humanity, what we've done and what we continue to do to each other, and where it's all going to lead. There's so much ugly bombarding us right now. We should all feel affected, and that's okay. We are human, after all.

It warms my heart to see this. One thing is for sure: I would give this guy a hug.

Dear Internet, please let this video be honest. And, am I a sucker for posting this?

Note: This video, originally published earlier this year, resonates particularly because of the recent tragedy in Paris. However, all the other circumstances that were its catalyst are not to be ignored or devalued either. Many other blind trust social experiment videos like this, I've just found, exist. I'm not an expert on politics, war, history, international or domestic race relations and certainly not religion. I know these discussions and the emotions that follow them go much deeper than my current fluency, but I'm open to learn. 

If you have an opinion to share, another sincere video that should be viewed, thought to ponder or a question to ask, please comment below. Dialogue is healthy when you want it to be. Please, just keep it respectful.

PS: Big hug to my good friend (and amazing brewer!) Matt Pratt for sharing this video on Facebook. Don't know if I would've seen it otherwise, but I hope so.

5 things I learned volunteering at a beer fest

5 things I learned volunteering at a beer fest

Veterans Day

Veterans Day