a new map of the world.

about me.

My name is Lyle, I’m 27 and live in the greater Charlotte area of North Carolina.

I studied linguistics and psychology in college with the goal of understanding how individual identity and community are developed and how they navigate the complicated issues of their lives; I picked up an academic interest in cognitive sciences along the way which has added an empirical element to everything. In the end, everything we experience is connected and impacts us on some level to shape us into who we are, but mostly to find a set of issues, desires, and problems that seem to hard pressed onto the human heart, much like a cattle rancher would stamp cows to show where they belonged. These desires are what give us meaning and tell us that if we were to be judged, we would not measure up, and point us back to the fact that we are alive, but somehow cut of from life. We long to return from somewhere we have never truly been.

“At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendors we see… Some day, God willing, we shall get in.” – C.S. Lewis

The Isle of Beguile is a fictional island in the game Mindtrap where natives always lie and visitors always tell the truth. I am only a tourist in this world, a traveler and an observer, and so my goal is to be honest and fair and live with integrity. My heart is for the weak and those who have been forgotten; to defend those who cannot defend themselves. I am concerned for the church and its growth and development, and so most of these writings will simple reflect musings to better understand God’s plans and ways as I learn them myself.