Ten years ago, Apple released FaceTime application which allowed people with Macs and Mac accessories to have video conversations. They were not the first company to do so, but I remember it being fun because it seemed like my childhood Sci-Fi dreams were coming true. I'm still waiting for flying cars and jet packs, which are just a matter of time.
Ten years later, a historic pandemic would hit the world and video communication would be the very thing to keep us going.
At first, when I was trying to line up 30 interviews to meet 30 people, A.K.A. was reluctant to talk to me because he didn’t want anything to do with religion. He sent this in a text message when our mutual friend introduced us.
“Thx for considering me but I am probably not a good person to interview. I am a free thinker and do not share the belief systems that much of the world has. I humbly submit that I have studied philosophy, religion, psychology, business, marketing, evolutionary biology, entomology and ecology and I pretty much have a firm idea of how the world works and doesn’t work.”
Needless to say, I had to meet him. He was a student of life like me.
Years ago, when A.K.A. was a Fulbright Scholar, he was invited to study insects in Africa. This experience would change him for life. It was very similar to my own experience I had while visiting Tanzania in 2011. I too witnessed extreme poverty, and a way of life like nothing I had ever experienced – it too would forever change my outlook on things.
A.K.A. took his scientific mind and observations of life into the workforce. At some point in his long career, this intellectual giant would become an entrepreneur with the goal to put humanity and goodness into the marketplace.
Thankfully I convinced him that this KNOWvember experiment wasn’t a religious experiment but a social experiment that proved to me our connectedness. Little did I know that he and I would be so tightly intertwined in our passion for life and for picking apart the paradox of humanity. What he called science, I called God. Together we agreed it was Energy.
For A.K.A., “We’re like ants walking across life. One minute you’re gathering food and the next someone steps on you and that’s it.” But if this conversation tells me anything it’s that a life of an ant is equally as amazing as this complex human.
We might start out reluctant to meet strangers in life. We might allow things like pandemics get in our way from growing or doing things outside of our comfort zone. When we allow that stuff to happen, we close ourselves off from the gift of life that is right in front of us.
Who knows when that shoe will fall on me, or A.K.A. for that matter, but I am sure I will be contacting him again soon. Hopefully before it does.