Great spirits have often overcome violent opposition from mediocre minds. Albert Einstein (1879-1955) … he had already been profoundly changed, he was no good at small talk, she was half naked, it was dawn and he loved her. –Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale I have always wanted to better understand the universe and the people in it so that I could better understand myself. I began in college, studying Journalism, Speech Communications, Political Science, and finally, Mass Communications. Unofficially, I also began to study several texts theorizing and explaining the various aspects of Intentional and Unintentional Propaganda. I have been hooked ever since. I recently began graduate study in humanistic psychology at Saybrook University, herbalism, and permaculture to ultimately research these subjects in-depth and to teach formally and informally. I have always felt that everyone has a need to create, whether it is children, art, architecture, the writing of ideas, or music. My academic and permaculture writings are located here at MichaelPerazzetti.com. I also make music mixes, interview musicians, and write about their music at www.RadioCasbah.com, but I have now expanded the scope of the site to eventually include, philosophy, politics, and education. If you are interested in contributing in some way, please let me know. So both sites become additional creative outlets for me and others. I also bake bread from scratch and ferment other foods for fun. I have been writing since before the third grade, writing stories, writing diaries, writing research papers. Writing may be my first love. My skills and creativity as a writer are due to devouring books of all kinds, constantly writing, and the efforts of three individuals who saw enough and loved enough to push me further: my granny Josephine Pitti Kelsay, J. Russell Kelly, my junior college English professor, and Dr. Pamela Hunt, Dr Kathy Skott-Myhre, and Dr. Jeannette Diaz of the University of West Georgia who have recently guided my writing to further academic heights that you all read within these pages. They are loved and appreciated. I also cannot forget the original inspiration behind all of this: Manuel Gomez-Manuel, the producer of the short film, I Am Somebody. Thank you for showing me the way, once upon a time.