I'm introspective and inquisitive. I like to have discussions about issues I'm interested in and ask deep questions. I don't aim to change anyone's opinion, but I do enjoy learning about other different viewpoints and having mine heard. I consider myself open-minded.
I'm honest, almost to a fault. I'm almost incapable of lying, especially on the spot, and planning a story to tell a lie makes me feel guilty to even consider. I will try to be considerate as I possibly can without compromising the truth.
I'm conscientious. I don't partake in any drug or alcohol use. It's okay if you drink alcohol in moderation. Complete abstinence from recreational drugs is a must for me.
I have three dogs and another dog who I share with my brother, all of whom I love. I'm open to cats, but I'm not in love with them.
I have no children. I don't consider that something of achievement or worthy of shame. I'm open to a relationship with a single parent I suppose, but I could not guarantee I could care for the child well, at least at first, simply due a lack of experience.
I don't think I want children, especially biological children. It's not that I don't like the idea of passing my genetics. I just don't see the need for creating more people especially when there are children already born who need a parent.
I like science as a casual observer, but by no means am I an expert or a die-hard enthusiast. I'm particularly fond of psychology, even if it is a social science, and astronomy.
I'm not religious or spiritual, but I'm not militant about it and I don't consider my lack of belief in the supernatural a fault and I'm not going to compromise on this for a relationship.
Politically, I'm very much a cultural liberal. I support the separation of church and state, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, smart gun laws restricting what types of guns can be owned and who can own them, and civil liberties in general. I'm not sure what stance to take on economic issues, but I don't think that all government regulation is unproductive. I think all-or-nothing thinking poisons political discussion.
Although I list myself as bisexual on OkCupid, the label I best identify with is probably panromantic asexual. I think sexuality and romance is more fluid and complicated than most people care to admit. My sexual experience is limited, and I'm not sure if I'd like to have an experience beyond what I've had, but I've been fine without it so far. It's not something on my bucket list that I just have to cross out, which reminds me that I probably need a bucket list.
Philosophically, I'm at least supportive of the concept of polyamory. To me, the only form of cheating in a relationship is this idea that partners are in possession of each other at the exclusion of anyone else. Emotional, romantic, and sexual relationships someone might have with other people besides you should not be a factor of how you view that person and their relationship with you. However, I've never liked group settings and I've always liked dealing with people one-on-one. It's just a personal preference, and fortunately, I require a lot of me time where I just like to be by myself. I don't think I'm clingy, or at least I hope I'm not clingy.
Rereading my self-summary makes me think of Flannery O'Connor's quote, "I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say," and that's the case with my self-summary. I write this in the process of still working myself out, so a lot of this is subject to change, but this is how I best express myself, in my opinion. It's a lifelong journey.