Name: “Bear”
Birthplace: Hannover, West Germany
What type of work have you done?
I worked in mathematical modelling and computing. I have done system design, large data analysis, network programming, and various other things. I also taught ESL in Korea; I helped start a high-level school for teaching ESL to engineers and company executives.
How would you identify yourself in terms of religion/spirituality?
I am a freethinker, but I respect all religions.
What are some of your reasons for joining CFI?
I wanted to meet some new people and increase my social circle.
Are there any books or movies that have had a big impact on you?
I thought that the biography of Dr. Oppenheimer was very interesting.
What were some of the defining moments that led you to the point where you are now, in a religious/spiritual sense?
I was not raised with a religious background. When I was in my 40s and living in Korea, a pastor mentioned that I should go into seminary and become a pastor. I thought about it for a while, and I read the Bible through six times, but it didn’t make sense to me. I think that each person interprets and applies religious concepts in their own way — it’s a personal journey. There are both good parts and bad parts to religion.