This is a test of the Blogger External Pages; if this was an actual page, it would have actual content.Which is a better view of who I am than anything I'm likely to say on any page labeled as "About Me".
|The Wolpertinger that I am.|
One of the podcasts I listen to (and there are many of those) occasionally starts with the disclaimer that "If he hasn't offended you yet, he will" I not only embrace that statement, I actually think that it doesn't go far enough. If I haven't offended you yet I either don't know you exist, or you are probably already dead.
I offend everyone (Even that podcaster on his own BBS) I revel in playing the devil's advocate. I am a non-conformist simply for the sake of non-conformity. Will alter behaviors just to be different. Jump off of large structures just to challenge my own fear of heights. Take mind altering drugs even though the contents of my brain are already altered beyond the recognition of most of my peers by years of reading weighty tomes that they would never bother to even pick up.
Limits exist to be tested and broken if possible. Distinctions are largely illusory and illusions should be subjected to as much light as can be focused on them. If not to disprove, then to be justified for the teaching that illusion can inspire. I am offended by people who are mindlessly offensive. Have no time for shock jocks or Rush Limbaugh; people whose public gyrations are so transparently fake as to be indistinguishable from simple bad acting.
Social Justice Warriors piss me off, even though I am probably the original SJW. Befriending the fat kid on the play ground specifically because everyone else picked on him. Hanging out with the children my parents told me to stay away from (for good reason, as the mind-altering drugs should have illustrated) White guys piss me off largely because I'm a white guy who would really rather not be associated with the rest of them. The behaviors that become stereotypical of a group are the behaviors the members of that group should refuse to engage in, just on principle.
Is any of this true? Who knows. Maybe all of it is. Maybe none of it is. Ask someone who knows me, if you can find one. Lots of people think they know me, almost none of them really do.
What I will say here is, if I've offended you and you think you'll use the comments section to get back at me, think again. As the comments page says "Ad hominems will be mercilessly deleted." This is true even of the ones that are correct observations. Attacks on the person who writes this blog are not tolerated here. Attacks on the arguments are appreciated and awaited; in an amount that can be correlated to the well-crafted nature of the counter, the correctness of its punctuation.
Which is to say; any comment in all caps will be deleted without even a cursory reading. Fair warning.
"Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed" -Bertrand Russell
“Beware the irrational, however seductive. Shun the 'transcendent' and all who invite you to subordinate or annihilate yourself. Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish. Picture all experts as if they were mammals. Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. Seek out argument and disputation for their own sake; the grave will supply plenty of time for silence. Suspect your own motives, and all excuses. Do not live for others any more than you would expect others to live for you.” - Christopher Hitchens