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31 M Woodstock, GA

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Last Online
Jul 20
5′ 8″ (1.73m)
Body Type
Graduated from masters program
Less than $20,000
Relationship Status
Relationship Type
Strictly monogamous
Doesn’t have kids
English, German (Okay), Italian (Okay)

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My self-summary
Believer in the power of imagination over pure reason.
Believer, too, that truth is what lies between the lines and contours of the apparent and literal.

Lover of forgotten lores--

Firm supporter of the idea that chivalry is not dead--

A man who at once wholly recognizes the world's sorrows, injustices, and pains yet affirms the world's undeniable (and more fundamental) beauty--

A person whose Halloween costume (self-made and worn every year) inspires people to stop, stare, and shiver with an odd sense of recognition--

Creature of foolish pride who promises to acknowledge when he is in the wrong--

Traditional mystic and Neoplatonist by natural temperament. (I have a degree in and teach philosophy for a living, but I remain, in bones and blood and breath, an ancient patiently and quietly simplifying himself to merge with the simplicity of that which is called by some God.)--

Loyal unto loyalty's farthest borders--

Damnably curious as to whether any women on this site ever actually reply to a message--

Refuses to believe, deep down, that's any such thing at all as a "nonliving thing." Convinced, rather, that even your shoelaces and the keys on your keyboard have soul, even if not in the same exact modality as men, mice, or malarian protozoa. But between "not similar to us in an obvious way" and "not with soul" there is a great difference. (For that matter, notice that I say "have soul," not "have a soul," for I also believe it is somewhat misleading to speak of "a soul" as though soul lived in pieces divided apart--concentrated little bits.)--

Disinterested in pulsing lights and pounding sounds when these are presented purely for their own sake. Profoundly interested, however, in any of these and anything else when and if they help establish or affirm a real connection.--

Is sure that divinity is as much a way of seeing or knowing as it is something to be seen or known.--
What I’m doing with my life
Currently, I am teaching Philosophy at KSU. I know how it sounds. Don't hate me for it or sentence me to drink the hemlock of your scorn because of it.

If this means anything to you at all, I am definitely of an Eastern and Continental bent--meaning that I do a lot with poetry, religious symbolism, occult subjects, etc. instead of science, mathematics, and all that tedious and dry stuff. I promise you, I do not spend my nights locked in the chilly basement of a library poring over dusty tomes and splitting the hairs on the asses of logical "problems" nobody has heard of or cares about. My inspiration comes mostly from nature, not books--the sublime, not the secretarial.

At some point, I will turn my Masters in the subject into a PhD. Pieces of paper, alas, are required for tenure.

But although my hours do not tick and toll timidly in that tidy and desperation-drowned library basement, I do have a tendency, sadly, to stay comfortable with the familiar. Now, this will in some ways never change, nor am I meaning to violently uproot this basic characteristic. But still, I could expand. I could broaden. The root, left intact, could nourish a larger blossom. Meeting new people, I figure, is a great and healthy way to do just this. So here I am, open of mind, willing of heart.

In my spare time, I like to pretend to be a writer, tapping out works long and short, thick and thin, fictional and (more often) non-fictional, strange and stranger, from my well-worn but durable keyboard. Recent efforts have included 1.) a look into the unconscious ritualism of the Southern lynchings, and 2.) a set of various tales recounting wildly different, even wildly contradictory (but also equally meaningful) narratives of the creation of the world from the perspectives of (among others) a rock-goblin who lives in the Underworld, a muse who sings to her beloved poet, a man who has sat in meditation for thousands of years, and an ancient medium who gives voice to the dead.

More recently, I've also resumed my love of drawing.
I’m really good at
Turning profile write-ups into essays.
The first things people usually notice about me
I do wonder! As a Leo, I cannot help but wonder.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
So, here's something about me: I pretty much don't read fiction anymore. I read, certainly. Mostly about world cultures, historical oddities, arcane mythologies, and mysterious religions, as well as about Jungian and archetypal psychology. Global cannibalistic practices, cultural histories of depression, Sufi philosophy, reflections on the sense of smell, ancient mushroom use, Persian angelology, the symbolic significances of Medieval gardening techniques, and an often equally flavorful and many-textured array of such themes form my standard literary diet. When you start to see how our life and breath and being, and how the very life and breath and being of the world itself, moves and turns upon the same themes and elements that make all great fiction engaging and worthwhile, fiction loses its particular appeal, in a way.

Favorite authors include: William Blake, Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Mircea Eliade, Lao Tzu, Frithjof Schuon, Rene Guenon, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Henry Corbin.

...But I have read and enjoyed Neil Gaiman (the Sandman series was a definitive chapter in my life), Chuck Palahniuk, Aldous Huxley, and others. I had this peculiar habit in high school of seeking out and reading, outside of class, several of the traditional "classics"--so there's that. Gaiman is one of my favorite living writers. Reading him is like finding a long lost soul-twin.

I also really enjoy the classics. As in, pre-Renaissance. Yup...I'm that guy. I adore Chaucer, Dante, Arthurian tales, etc.

Favorite shows: I enjoy Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and older seasons of The Office. Also, The Daily Show. I have just started watching Louie! Louis C.K. (whose name, it seems, is not fit for just one spelling in all instances) is brilliant! Insanely so.

Favorite movies: Dark Knight, The Matrix, Begotten, Before Sunrise, Marat/Sade. Others that will of course come to me when I am not trying to recall them.

Now, food---food gets a bit complicated, I'm afraid, but only because of some unfortunate (and unusual) allergies. I can't eat potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, or red meat. It kind of sucks, I know. It's been probably 5-6 years since I've had a fry or even a dab of ketchup! So, I'm working with a handicap on this one. I have to be careful. But I'm not squeamish about trying new or even exotically "disgusting" foods, so long as they're safe.
The six things I could never do without
--Time to quietly reflect, muse, and write. I'm an introvert, so this is a crucial part of keeping balance in my life.

--Friendship. Because I'm an introvert, not an antisocial troll! I am one of those people who prefers three or four good, permanent, deep friendships over several loose acquaintanceships.

--Showers, cleanliness. Ok--this one is more of a preference than it is a need.

--The presence of aged trees. No--this one is most definitely a need, not a preference.

--A belief that things can--and do--change, even while the truths our lives embody are timeless.
I spend a lot of time thinking about
..How to improve my understanding of myself, of others, of the world, etc. I want to be as fair and honest as possible with people; to me, that means understanding their motivations, needs, and wants as well as mine.

..What might make a fun essay or story to write.

...Magic and how undeniably, even dangerously, but also comfortingly real it is. As someone who is frequently told he resembles Harry Potter, I guess I should add that I don't mean so much the dramaturgy of wands, wizard-caps, and whizzing fireballs as I do the quietly (and not quietly) potent powers of attraction. We really do get what we expect and ask for, don't we?
On a typical Friday night I am
Honestly, wishing I had more places to be.
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
It pinches me just a little when your astrological sun sign adds the qualifier "but it doesn't matter." (Yes, I take astrology with credence. Not the daily newspaper's popularized, vague, and supposedly predictive version of it, but the actual old art of it and the sense of anima mundi that it evokes. Synchronic, not causal, astrology has rather a lot to recommend it. It is meant, not to tell the future, but to give insight into the present and into one's present state of heart--like any good oracle.)

Why can't Halloween come more than once a year? Why have we confined its wonderful spirit to a single day out of 12 whole months? And why don't we know how to take more than a passing, and almost passive, enjoyment in dressing up and taking on a different persona? Are we that attached to our ego-selves? At the very least, can't we make it an official holiday, with no school, work, etc.? Protestant America, you fail.

Oh--that's not really a private admission of any kind, is it? Nonetheless, it needed to be said.
I’m looking for
  • Girls who like guys
  • Ages 21–33
  • Near me
  • Who are single
  • For new friends, long-term dating, short-term dating
You should message me if
--You're still reading all this and haven't lost interest yet.

--You can spell and compose a grammatically correct sentence in the English language. (Bonus points for being able to do this in Elizabethan or even Middle English as well!)

Do NOT message if:

--You are a fan of Ayn Rand and/or any of the politicians on whose lips her name seems to be permanently perched. I know myself well enough by now to know that it just won't work out if this is the case.