Here’s some insight into how I think and what I believe in:

  • I dislike members of both political parties, but I don’t like the GOP representatives more than the Democrats, partly because of their betrayal of real Repubilcan policy, and mostly because of their shift into evangelical “America is God’s country!” territory… Which leads into…
  • I am an atheist, and damn proud of it. That said, I’m not a militant one; I’m not going to go around trashing religions based on principle, and I don’t think any less of religious people, unless they happen to be total zealots. The general rule: if you don’t try to convert me or anyone else, it’s totally fine in my eyes.
  • I am an avid reader and occasional writer, fiction, non-fiction, whatever. Occasionally, I’ll post reviews of books I read, and it would be nice to get book suggestions from my readers. I really do wish I could find the time to read almost every good book ever published, but, alas, that’s not possible.
  • I am a firm believer of the rights of the individual, and support the freedom that we take for granted — posting on this blog, for example. I think that, sometimes, people get too sucked into their daily routine, or their job, or how much money they’re making, and don’t sit down and say to themselves, “What do I want to do right now?” and go ahead and enjoy themselves. Maybe it’s because I’m atheistic and scared of death to the nth degree, but I try to just take the time to just enjoy living, because my life is slowly passing by. I also believe that people shouldn’t be mistreated or discriminated against just because they happen to be different than the majority, unless their thoughts/actions threaten the freedom of others. Bottom line: You have the freedom to think or do whatever you like until it infringes upon the safety and freedom of others.
  • I hate hypocrisy, and am a huge believer in personal integrity; I want people to say what they mean, and do what they say. I highly dislike people who say one thing, mean another, and do something else entirely. 
  • In more lighthearted matters, I love film and watching movies, as well as watching baseball and playing and watching hockey.  I’m big on self improvement, real or imagined, and I guess the desire to get “better” is what drives me. Every second that I’m not actively enjoying myself, I take steps to fulfill my never-ending quest for self-enlightenment, trying to gain a new understanding of things or improving my physical condition. 

Here’s my political compass:

 

That’s just a little bit of how I think, and obviously not anywhere close to everything about me. Cheers, and enjoy reading the blog!

  1. I’m a member of a social networking site called Atheist Nexus, you might be interested in joining.
    http://www.atheistnexus.com

  2. rscme

    I finally read your bio page. I can’t believe how much alike we are. I’m not sure I understand how someone can be an atheist, yet a member of an atheist group (not you, I mean J.P.) but that’s OK, I don’t have to understand everything.

    Have you read anything by David Sedaris? My favorite.

    Ron from Maine

  3. Ron:

    ‘Bout time. I haven’t read any Sedaris (well, his books, at least), but I have read his stuff in magazines like the New Yorker. Entertaining, but not necessarily my cup of tea.

  4. hiya,
    just wanted to say thanks for the ‘money’ video link and recommended economic reading. not sure i’m quite ready to tackle 900 pages but i’m looking forward to learning more.

    best
    zooey

  5. ps
    I’m sure you know Cormac McCarthy, but if you haven’t had a chance to read The Road yet I highly recommend it. Terrifying and absolutely riveting

  6. Zooey: No problem. I checked the video out the day before and found it interesting, so I figured I’d pass it along. Truth be told — I haven’t even finished Human Action yet!

    And I have been looking for a chance to read The Road, but the past couple of times I’ve been to bookstores, they were out of it… And I’m too lazy order it off of Amazon, so… I haven’t read it yet.

    Plus, I’ve already got a book I’m reading and a book to read after I finish the first one, so I’m set for another 2 weeks or so.




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