My name is Ben.
I live in La Selva Beach, a small community about 5 minutes from Watsonville.
I have lived in San Jose most of my life. I spent a couple years in Sonora, a brief stay in the Army, back to San Jose and now La Selva Beach. I really like the area, but almost all of my friends have moved out of the area which kind of sucks.
As my user name implies, I am a scuba diver.
I absolutely love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, rock climbing and so on. It's been a while, but I also enjoy horseback riding. I did a horse whispering internship some years ago.
Here is the part where I piss some people off.
I am strongly Atheist and am unapologetically vocal against religion. I am also a gender egalitarian and an anti-feminist. I have been for years, way before women against feminism started trending. I have a hard time keeping this particular part of my profile short, but I am going to try to give as brief a summary as possible. I believe in gender equality. I believe there are men's issues that need to be addressed and I believe (I can support this with plenty of evidence) that the modern western feminist movement has gone way too far and the movement has turned into a misandric (opposite of misogynistic) and toxic hate movement, completely divorced from reality. I am fully aware of the dictionary definition of feminism and I support equity feminism, but I judge feminism as a whole based on it's actions, not what the dictionary says. I am fully aware that there are still women's issues, but I contest the notion that men's issues cannot be addressed until every last women's issue has been dealt with. I do not subscribe to the theory of patriarchy, I think it is an absolute load of crap. I do not believe there is a rape culture (at least not the version feminists say there is) and I believe the wage gap is a myth. I also think the idea that gender is entirely a social construct and boys and girls are born as blank slates is absolutely preposterous and anyone who actually believes that is delusional. I would be more than happy to discuss the issues and to back up my arguments with plenty of reference material. I run a Facebook page where I post about these things in order to keep them off my personal page after my friends and family got sick of hearing about it.
I value reason very highly so as a little game I pose a question from an article I recently read.
"In a hospital there are four dying men. Each could be saved by a transplant of a different organ, but no donors are available. In the hospital waiting room is a healthy man who, if we killed him, could provide the requisite organ to each dying patient, thereby saving four lives for the price of one. Is it morally right to kill the healthy man and harvest his organs?"
If you said no, then why not?
"What if the dying men were Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein and Martin Luther King? Would it be then right to sacrifice a man who is homeless and friendless, dragged in from a ditch?"
I love animals, but due to my fur and feather allergies I prefer reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. I have a pretty big reptile collection, including several hots which I handle responsibly.
I am full of creativity, can write fairly well (though I've been told my dialogue needs some work), am a critical thinker and a problem solver.