RELATING TO HUMANS is a place where, it is hoped, humans of all backgrounds can gather together in a humane, though sometimes challenging, sometimes uncomfortable, forum of dialogue and discourse to, well… relate with one another.
Whether we humans want to admit it or not, if we trace our bloodlines back far enough, we will find that we all are kin within our globally grand extended family of Homo sapiens, the only known surviving species of the genus Homo. And since we are all relative Homos, we might as well spend some time trying to figure out how we can best accommodate for each other’s unique needs, peculiarities, and desires, regardless how disparate and distant they may be from our own.
As we humans are quite the fickle and contrary creatures who never fail to surprise in our creative abilities to both help and hurt one another, it would be impossible to make, therefore we shan’t, any guarantee of a completely pain-free experience while spending time here relating with our not-always-kind humankind kin.
When considering that all visitors are invited and encouraged to share their own personal expressions via any form of a creative medium to the Relating to Humans feature, an open-submissions forum which encompasses many controversial categories, and which is managed with limited editorial oversight, an experience here free of pain of at least some level or form just may be the exception.
Keeping this relatively unregulated openness in mind, please be advised that there is risk one may encounter unsettling subject matter; although, the hope is that, as one’s price for any discomfiture experienced, one will be rewarded with a deeper sense of empathy, compassion, and enlightenment.
Kurt Brindley, a husband, a father, and a retired sailor, lives in Southern Pennsylvania in a house on top of a windy and rolling hill. He traveled much of the world while serving in the navy and, aye, he’s got some stories to tell…
As a sailor, Kurt served twenty years and four days in the navy and “retired” as a Senior Chief Petty Officer. While serving, he earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maryland and a graduate degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
In 1998, he took a hiatus from his regular duties as a navy telecommunications specialist to attend the U. S. military’s Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. The institute is little known to most but is internationally renowned to those in the human relations field.
Upon graduation, Kurt was certified as a Navy Equal Opportunity Adviser and assigned the responsibilities of providing diversity management training and equal opportunity consultation and assistance to navy personnel throughout the navy’s Western Pacific area of operations.
Much of this work focused on awareness and outreach seminars in an effort to mitigate the harassment and abuse that resulted from the confusion and resentment surrounding the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.
Kurt’s assignment as an EOA was one of the most challenging, and rewarding, assignments of his navy career, and it served as the impetus behind much of his early writing, including his novel THE SEA TRIALS OF AN UNFORTUNATE SAILOR and his short story “Leave.”