Let’s get a few things straight. Then you can see if you still want to be reading or if you want to run for the hills. Or maybe if you want to recommend it to your friends.
I am an American. That’s never been a secret.
I am not a Democrat. I am not a Republican. I am registered as Independent.
Because there are some things the D’s do that I like and some that I hate. There are some things the R’s do that I like and some that I despise.
I am, in reality, an anarchist at heart. I don’t actually think any government is necessary but am happy to accept whatever rules the rest of you think are necessary to keep yourselves happy. If I find I want to do something that’s against your rules? I might do it anyway and take the punishment, if any, except that I follow the 11th Commandment: Thou Shall Not Get Caught.
Anyone who has read Robert A Heinlein will know where I learned most of my beliefs. Go read Moon Is A Harsh Mistress if you want a fairly good explanation of Rational Anarchism.
Be that as it may, I do also recognize that there are over 7 billion people on this planet and therefore some rules for happy living are necessary.
However, I do not believe that any government anywhere has the right, in no particular order, to: -
- Tell me how to use my uterus
- Tell me how to raise my son, other than, of course, to treat him well which, of course, I do
- Tell me who to love
- Tell me who I can marry
- Tell me what I can say
- Tell what I can write
- Tell me what I can view on the internet or read in a book
Or, in a nutshell, I am a pro-choice, anti-censorship, and pro-free speech feminist.
But I am not a radical feminist. I believe in the original basis for feminism, which was choices. You want to work and have children? Go for it. You want to be subservient to a man (or a woman)? Go for it. Find what works for you and your family and be happy in it. And fuck what anyone else thinks about it.
I am also a believer in God. Oh, maybe not your god. Definitely not a Christian or a Jewish or a Muslim or any other recognized religion’s god. But I believe there is a higher power out there. Otherwise what are we doing here, apparently alone in the universe, on this big rock, if not some being’s play thing?
On the other hand, I will also be very surprised if we find definite, indisputable proof that we are alone in this universe. This whole universe, just for us? Pure arrogance to think so. I think they are watching us (and, no, I don’t need a tin foil hat, keep reading) but realize we aren’t ready for them yet. I don’t think they kidnap people for anal probes or other bullshit. But I think they are keeping an eye. We are, after all, in the scheme of the age of the universe, very small children.
And I think they’ll make themselves known when they think we are ready. I think we’re ready now and could use the help, but, as much as I hate to admit this, I’m not actually in charge of the universe so will just have to wait and see like everyone else.
I am, also, an artist. I don’t draw or paint any more, due to bad hands, but I still create. I just created art, as a matter of fact, and submitted it to a contest, using my mouse and my keyboard and Adobe CS5. I’ll post a link when it goes up. I’m fairly proud of what I’ve done.
I think that’s pretty much it. I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments or at Twitter or on my Facebook or in email.
Or you know, if you don’t like what you’re reading? Bye!