Interview: Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

José González: Music, food with friends, nature.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

JG: Swords and knives.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

JG: “Live, love, wonder, and be nice!”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

JG: Depends, but talking to a friend helps, usually.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

JG: I like mixing or combining hobby and pleasure with work and have-tos. I aim for weekly routines with clear goals but make sure I do some stuff that I think I’ll value in the long run.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

JG: I can change, I can grow.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

JG: I am me, whatever that means. I am conscious.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

JG: Humanism, effective altruism, cosmopolitanism, ethics of globalization.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

JG: Musically, I’ve been playing shows with Junip, and before that, I worked on the music for the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

MP: Why are these important to you?

JG: It’s fun!

MP: What is love for you?

JG: Just chemicals.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

JG: Strive for a life well lived. Each one with their own aims, preferences, and meaning. Always, of course, without harming other persons or preventing others from being able to form a good life for themselves.



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