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A husband, father, philosopher, social worker, entrepreneur, and an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Spring Arbor University, Kurt also likes to write.

More importantly though, in all he does, Kurt is an advocate for understanding human equality, affirming human dignity, celebrating human diversity, and cultivating human flourishing as a means to solve our world's biggest challenges. In fact, deepening empathy for the hurting, empowering rational discourse for the quibbling, and enlivening appreciation for the fullness of life is all kind of his thing.

Here is a bit about him in his own words...


My Short Story

By Kurt Hoffman

 

Life is beautiful. Reaching the place where that truth is clear, is not. 

I grew up in the quasi-rural farmlands turned suburban Mecca known as west Phoenix. Nothing fancy. Neither rich nor poor. Neglected nor spoiled. Just plain Jane Americane, I suppose. Still, something was in me. It is still there. I am a dreamer. Til' death. While that might sound great, it is not always so. 

In school, it meant never reaching my potential because I saw no point to the rat race. The system. It's rigged! Or, so I thought. It also means isolation. Even amongst friends, I was a loner. 

In responsibility, it meant always being distracted. Hating chores. Chasing sparrows. Not only getting lost in the sky but doing it from under the water. Still one of my favorite ways to view the world by the way.

In my mind, it also meant being discontent with all that is. Perpetually wanting something different. Something better. Something. Deeper.

In all, I became the wanderer I was born to be and it came with costs. It caused pain. My own and that which I inflicted. Oh, the regrets. The shame. The loss of time and potential! Still, there is mercy - because it also came with rewards.

Yes, it is true, I unraveled. There. I admit it. But this is exactly what moved me to seek. To find answers. And you know what? I found them. Ooo. Baby. Tell me, from what is there a sweeter satisfaction than finding understanding? Than finding answers to the questions that burn holes in our souls? 

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

Bet me.


MY Short rez

Work has been another big and often weird piece of my story. The means to all my wandering loose ends, I guess you could say. Full-time, part-time, on-call, in fancy restaurants, night clubs, furniture delivery, schools, non-profits, state governments, you name it, I've done it.

I tended bar on the beaches of Cape Cod, on the ski slopes of Jackson Hole, and in the wild golf lands of Scottsdale, for example. I also got through school running my own little pool cleaning company. You should have seen it.

I have gone to school a lot too. Taking eight years or so to find my niche in studying philosophy, of course, I was floored to get my bachelor's degree in integrative studies, with a concentration in counseling and philosophy. Kind of weird but that is because I am.

From there I earned both a Master's in Public Administration and Master's in Social Work with a concentration in children, youth, and families. In translation, I take a more humanities-rich approach to social work, which is actually quite rare in a more socially scientific discipline. It also highlights how I love thinking and doing.

More relevant to my current trades as an author and educator, I worked as a Research Analyst who helped the state of Arizona develop curriculum, write reports, evaluate over 40 federally-funded programs, and other things as fun as they sound.

I have also worked with refugee families from Iraq, worked on suicide prevention initiatives, been a Director of a non-profit serving great folks with various mental illnesses, and I have served as a group counselor serving court-mandated clients on the issues of domestic violence and substance abuse.

And now? I found my calling. I teach in higher education. I was given my first break by Jackson College and I will always be thankful. For them, I taught World Religions and other general education courses for at-risk students including in a prison outside of Detroit. Which, my friend, was an experience that is by far my singularly most favorite thing I have ever done in my professional life. It changed me.

Most recently, I am beyond fortunate to be an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Spring Arbor University. My students and colleagues are absolutely amazing and I love it.

In sum, it took much heartache, soul searching, and mental unrest to get here but teaching and writing as a philosophizing social worker is an amazing experience that lets me serve others and keep sharpening my skills. It's my niche and it feels great. Nay. It is fully enlivening. And I love it.


My mission in quotes? Why not.

Everything I do, and hope to do, is in response to what these bright minds capture about our current state of affairs:

ECONOMICALLY

"Only 30% of the U.S. workforce is engaged in their work; and the ration of engaged to actively disengaged employees is roughly 2-to-1, meaning the vast majority of U.S. workers (70%) are not reaching their full potential." - Gallup, 2012 State of the American Workplace report

SOCIOLOGICALLY 

"We perceive our civic challenge as some vast, insolvable Rubik’s Cube. Behind each problem lies another problem that must be solved first, and behind that lies yet another, ad infinitum. To fix crime we have to fix the family, but before we do that we have to fix welfare, and that means fixing our budget, and that means fixing our civic spirit, but we can’t do that without fixing moral standards, and that means fixing schools and churches, and that means fixing inner cities, and that’s impossible unless we fix crime. There’s no fulcrum on which to rest a policy lever. People of all ages sense that something huge will have to sweep across America before the gloom can be lifted – but that’s an awareness we suppress. As a nation, we’re in deep denial.” - William Strauss and Neil Howe, The Fourth Turning

PHILOSOPHICALLY

“Worldviews are developed in individuals and cultures over time. They are held more or less consciously and consistently and are subject to challenges of reason by those who stand inside or outside the worldview. If the foundation is inadequate to the task of supporting a coherent worldview, meaning in the culture diminishes and divisions appear. With the decrease in meaning there is an increase of hedonistic excess to fill the emptiness of life.
Cultural decay sets in and, eventually, cultural collapse. Many cultures in world history have collapsed after centuries of such challenges. Those that remain are now not so promising. Intellectual apathy, weariness and cynicism are the prevailing mood today. This mood presents a new level of intellectual challenge and calls for a deeper level of philosophical response.” - Surrendra Gangadean, Philosophical Foundation: A Critical Analysis of Basic Beliefs
 

I know it was a bit hodgepodge so thanks for reading.

 

Peace,