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Tyler

“I’ve got the word ‘empower’ tattooed on my body. That was the first tattoo I ever got. It’s a sentiment that I like to carry with me, even though I’m not perfect at it.

But to lift people up, right? That’s what I wanna do. I want to feel like I have lifted people up and also lifted myself up.

 

And this is quoted a million times – ‘To change the world, you have to change a community. And to change a community, you have to change an individual.’

 

So, I’m happy thinking I could bring knowledge and power to other people.

 

I was born and raised in Macon, yeah.

 

Memorable? Watching Downtown…what it’s continuing to grow into…creating a community in a neighborhood and a network down here…I think it’s been fun to watch that group develop.

 

I think it’s important to bring…young people, yes, but also creative, innovative, ambitious people together where they can have shared spaces and they can, you know, meet each other. They run into each other in the streets. You know, I’ll meet your friends; I want you to meet my friends.

 

Boom! There’s your connection. Great, there’s your next big idea.

 

You know, that’s the foundation…new ideas are the foundation of growth…Without growth, you’re stagnant. And stagnation leads to decay.

 

So, in order to thrive as a civilization and as a community, you have to have growth, which means you have to bring people together.

 

Oh, I’m a lazy piece of shit half the time. Don’t get me wrong.

 

I try to stay involved…definitely when the time comes, I will be political…

 

On a humanness note, I try to be nice to people that I meet…even if I’m, you know, not doing something extraordinary…I try to just be a positive person which can uplift situations, any kind of situation.

 

There’s more diversity here. It may not seem like that, but…due to the history of the South and the demographics of the South…

 

On one hand, we are perceived as the stereotypical, ‘Oh, there’s a bunch of racism in the South and bigotry.’ But, when you move past some of that, you’ll find that there are flourishing communities that are blind to race and gender and political ideologies, mostly among the youth.”

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