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. It's very difficult for me to lie, especially on the spot, and planning a story to tell a lie, even if by omission, makes me feel guilty to consider, rendering me ineffective as a liar. I will try to be considerate as I possibly can without compromising the truth.
I don't drink alcohol or take recreational drugs. Although I've no more than taken a couple of sips of alcohol, I'm genetically prone to alcoholism and I don't want to take a chance.
I have three dogs and another dog who I share with my brother, all of whom I love.
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 and astronomy.
Politically, I'm very much a cultural liberal. I support the separation of church and state, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, and smart gun laws restricting what types of guns can be owned and who can own them.
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." 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 describe myself. It's a lifelong journey.