About Me

This is no longer a test. This is now "About Me". For a long time this page was a test page and its sole content was;
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.
I love to argue.  I'll argue any subject if the mood hits me.  I'll also leave conversational landmines untouched for years just to prove that I can avoid a conversation if the whim suits me, if the person I'm speaking to asks politely and if I respect them. Leave that conversational landmine laying in plain sight for decades, only to turn right around and step precisely on that fucker if I feel like it. I will roast your sacred cows and serve them to you with a garnish just to prove a point about the sacredness of your cows.

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" That disclaimer doesn't go nearly far enough for me. I would actually go so far as to say, 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 and not telling anyone that's what I'm doing. What is the point of a Devil's Advocate that comes with a business card? You already know they're pitching ideas for the Devil, you won't give the ideas credit anyway. I am frequently a nonconformist simply for the sake of nonconformity.  I will alter my own behaviors mid-conversation just to be different.  I jump off of large structures just to challenge my own fear of heights. Stopped jumping off of structures when I realized I might actually die doing it. I took mind altering drugs as a teenager even though the contents of my brain were 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.

Physical limits exist to be tested and broken if possible. Mental limits are self-imposed and thus false. Distinctions are largely illusory and illusions should be subjected to as much light as can be focused on them. Illuminated not just to disprove the difference but also for the teaching that illusion can inspire.

I am offended by people who are mindlessly offensive. I have never had any time for shock jocks or conservative, conspiratorial windbags; 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. I would befriend the fat kid on the playground specifically because everyone else picked on them. I would hang 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. The one thing I will say that is certifiably true is, I live to be proven wrong on a subject. Those are the moments I value most. Starting to write a piece based on something I had wrong, then discovering at a key moment the error. Rewriting ensues, reformulation of concepts on the fly. A miracle of finger-strokes is performed and prestoe! The error is avoided, the change synthesized, the new knowledge incorporated. To be shown to be wrong is the moment when you learn something. Everything else is self-congratulation and pride.

If I've written anything that offends you then I hereby offer an unqualified apology. It costs me nothing and saves me having to look over my shoulder constantly. If you think I'm wrong about something, feel free to let me know. Fair warning. I expect footnoted references for all attempted refutations. I expect clear writing in American English, although British English may earn you extra points. If you think you'll use the comments section to get back at me for some slight or other that an apology will not cover, 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.


"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 

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