"Of course, that's just my opinion,
and I may be full of shit"
- Dennis Miller -
Many folks elect to label others,
wanting to be able to "identify" them without taking enough
time to figure out who they really are. Instead, they should
just realize they do not know them...but noooo.
First and foremost I am a Scientist,
which means I believe only in what I feel has been well examined and
considered, and that I am always looking to grow and change by
pursuing the latest that has been learned. I wish that would be
enough, but I know it is not.
So for those who want to use a label, and I would prefer you
would not, the following is the best I can come up with for
myself so that I can "point you all to it" when you have no
idea who I am:
My Label: "Scientific Humanist Misanthropic Liberal".
No label is ever either fully accurate, or comprehensive. I
am embarrassed by the
main stream [ignorant]
insistence on interpreting, and using, the broad and
important term liberal as
something along the lines of "extreme social liberalism".
Moreover, my misanthropy stops short of becoming a hermit,
or applying to everyone. Finally, I subscribe to no
organized Humanist organization (a person should not believe
in an -ism, he should believe in himself), and secular humanist is more accurate.
No, things are not so "simple"... but, name callers are.
Even though very few seem to have accurate understanding of
the meaning of the generalize
labels above, and though they do not apply to me 100%,
for purposes of pigeon-holing me to simplify your life, the
general ideas of these apply to me religiously, socially,
and politically more than anything else I've stumbled
across. Moreover, since they are broad terms (as labels are
by definition), where they overlap the I've done my best to
order them so that the first label in my sequence I think
applies more strongly.
So, if you must, please use the above label, knowing my opinions are most closely
aligned with these general terms.
And, of course, this "thing" is just my label today;
tomorrow I may have learned more, and beg for further
"I'm undoubtedly a liberal, which means that I'm in almost total agreement with the Eisenhower-era Republican party platform" - Rachel Maddow