184: Jonas Koffler, part 1: It’s going to take all of us (plus a hippopotamus)
You might not guess from the beginning of our conversation that we’d talk about almost being attacked by a hippopotamus in Botswana, with crocodiles, and apes that might rip your head off, nor family triumph and tragedy, the Amazon, exploration of the world, external and internal.
Jonas lives a wonderful life and it wasn’t handed to him.
After covering his tremendous accomplishments, we turn philosophical, but also about action.
Then we spend more time talking about his perspective on the environment, and how his views formed along the Amazon, Botswana, Texas, Mexico, and his own stroke, his brother’s death, his art, and more.
I don’t know about you and I don’t want to reveal his personal challenge, but I would love to go on a nature walk with Jonas, not just for the adventures he’s had, which suggest he’d have more adventures again, but because he cares. He’d do it out of passion, which I expect he’d share. Then again, wherever we are — city, suburb, exurb, slum, gentrified area — somewhere is the most natural context we have available to us.
I recommend his New York Times article, What I Learned From a Stroke at 26: Make Time to Untangle, before listening and follow the links he mentioned after.