I am not rich, don't want to be rich, and hold the view that the great Greek Orthodox theologian St. John Chrysostom said about rich people quite seriously. Here is a favorite quote of his:
"How did you become rich? Can you show the acquisition just? It cannot be. The root and origin of it must have been injustice."
I think the American dream is a joke. If you are one of those incredibly shallow women looking for a "professional" man (translation - rich), you are barking up the wrong tree. If you are looking for a fun companion who wants to talk about interesting things such as religion, politics, SCUBA diving, music (mostly of an indie label type), slow dance, fast dance, kiss in the rain, cuddle on the couch, or in the grass, look up at the stars, and taste God's wonderful creation, well, then we might want to talk.
I hate hypocrisy and double standards and have a strong urge for social justice. I oppose abortion, the death penalty, war, and any form of killing other people. I would even venture to label myself a pacifist.
My patron saint is St. Augustine, who also opposed capital punishment, way back in the 5th century in the Roman Empire when it was customary to place condemned people in the skins of animals and watch dogs eat them alive.
Hmm...my religion is pretty important to me. I am not a religious fanatic, but it is a big part of my life. I'm a passionate man of Irish and Russian blood who loves too much and too hard.
I love Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, because they sing music that talks about how it really feels to be a man. Being a man is really important to me. I am not a guy, I am a man. I'm a 31 year old man who has had a real life, a very real divorce, and I feel pain and anguish like all people, but in a very masculine way.
I also love to listen to music by women, especially Sarah McLachlan, who is what I imagine angels must sound like. Listening to music by people like Sarah allows me to tap into the mystery of the feminine, the Sophia.
I believe that God is neither male and female, but not in a "New Age" kind of way. Just read the books of Wisdom and you see God who wishes to gather "her chicks under her wings as a mother hen", and you will know what I am talking about. I'm all for female deacons.
Let's see - what else. I amSt. Augustine and artist and whatever job the temp agency sends me on! No, seriously, I am a former social worker who got burnt out. I am currently driving a taxi to make money, and my next step is to become a teacher. I also really want to go to Russia.
I'm a complex and difficult person sometimes. I have a few close friends who I would put myself in front of a bullet for, but not many casual friends. I'm a snob about beer and wine.
I hate lies and insincerity in human relationships. When someone says "I only like you JUST as a friend", this is meaningless to me. A friend is so much more to me than someone I go on a failed date with and who doesn't really want to see me again but offers "friendship" as a second chance prize. I don't buy into that crap. I think both men and women have so much to learn about each other.
I used to live in Northern Ireland and I know how to scuba dive. I've been published in a few minor journals. I want to live to be about 75 and die in dignity and without pain surrounded by my friends and family. I also want a Big Fat Orthodox Wedding, with the crowns and Greek food and Russian deserts!
Oh, there is so much more about me...but, you will have to ask me to learn it.
And, you don't HAVE to be Orthodoxto be interested in me...but, keep in mind that it is a serious part of my life. We are all on our spiritual journeys, and if you want to know more about mine, I would love to share. I never try to convert people unless they show genuine interest, but I speak openly about politics and religion. This makes some people very angry - both "liberals" and "conservatives" are offended by the bumper stickers on my car.
Oh, and if you don't get why I oppose the war in Iraq, abortion, and the death penalty and it ALL links up, then I probably am not the person for you. I had a cop ask me "how can you oppose abortion and also the death penalty and the war?" I said, "Well, I oppose the taking of life - period."
I can be so intense about what I believe in, but in reality most people see me as a very mellow person who likes drinking very dry red wine. White wine works with deserts, but red wine is the only thing I can drink with a true steak.
And, finally, well, by writing to me you are taking a risk...of getting to know someone with which things might actually turn into "something." I'm looking for a relationship - that is why I'm on a dating website. If I was looking for "strictly platonic", I would be taking a underwater basket weaving class at the local community college!
I am liberal, Eastern Orthodox, and highly educated