About Me

I’m Thomas Kuntz, a teenage learner, coder, and hacker.

I’m an idealist – some would say a dreamer. But that doesn’t prevent me from being down-to-earth, optimistic and driven by my ideals.

I strive to learn as much as possible. I always try to keep improving myself. I try to learn from my mistakes, and from the mistakes of others. I believe in growth mindset (this. powerful. thing.) and in lifelong learning.

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” —Albert Einstein

I don’t like defeatism, I think it’s harmful to mankind. I think people should believe more in themselves and in their abilities.

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” —Richard Bach

I’m curious. I love thinking about how things work and how they can be improved. I hate shallow thinking. I like to think deeply about problems, and I always try to find out how to solve them at the source. Trying to find the root of problems also is something that I think people should be doing more.

I know I can be wrong, so I do my best to welcome criticism and learn from it. I try to be aware of my own biases and flaws. I’m open-minded. Even if I often have strong ideals, and sometimes strong opinions about things, I’m always glad to hear well though out reflections and points of view.

I’m eager to have the best impact possible on the world. I think technology can be a great tool to improve our society, empower people and create positive change in the world. And it’s the only thing it should ever be used to do.

I think the world would be better if people were happier. I believe in improving society by improving the individuals. This, to me, has to be done through education, in the broader sense of the term. Speaking of education, I believe that our educational system, even though it more or less does some part of its job, is full of weaknesses and shortcomings, and even fundamentally flawed. I think that, built right, it could be a great tool to help solve a large part of society’s problems. It could help improve society, because it could help create better human beings. I firmly believe that it could be advantageously rebuilt from the ground up, with totally different goals and methods.

I don’t have lots of friends, but I’m fine with that. I prefer having fewer but more meaningful relationships. I enjoy calm and peaceful places. Many people can’t stand being alone (which is different from being lonely). That’s not my case. I don’t mind solitude, I find it resourcing. But I also believe that talking with people is a great way to learn, and that good relationships are crucial to live a happy life.

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” —Epictetus

“Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.” —Edward Gibbon

I can be clumsy with people sometimes. I strive to improve the quality of my relationships. I believe the goal of life is to be happy.

I am inspired by my ideals and by a few personalities that I think represent them quite well. Among other things, I believe that free access to information and knowledge (free as in speech and as in beer) can really contribute to improving our society on a significant scale.

I have the hacker mindset. I see tons of things to improve in our society, and that makes me enthusiastic. I want to fix the world. I want to make the world a better place.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Inspired by the style of Aaron Swartz’s about me