Howdy, hola, guten tag, aloha, konichiwa, hej, smile, bow, et cetera...
My name is Andrew.
[The following is to be rapped to the tune of "Alphabet Aerobics" by Blackalicious and accompanied by theremin and an 808 banjo.]
I like strong weather but I don't smoke. I'm reader and a writer; tho' I'm slow at the first and no good at the second. I like to work with my hands. I’m raising ducks and rabbits (and, soon, bees!) for food and the education.
I have a passport and know how to use it. But at the moment I'm a traveler enjoying one spot. I've been hit by a car and I've been mugged. I won, both times.
I'm hyper-critical of modern and contemporary culture (esp. post Descartes, that ass). I actively seek constructive criticism, with an eye to self improvement and eventual release from samsara (ha); though I would take the Bodhisattva Vow, if I believed in such things. I'm honest. I'm caring, empathetic and compassionate. I think therapy is great and that the stigma towards it is just another symptom of our collective illness. (Not that I'm in therapy. I'm just an admirer of the craft.)
I'm open minded, but not so-much-so that my brain fell out along the way. I don't believe in yeti, conspiracy theories or astrology. I don't believe in god, unless you count us, which I do. Thou art that, being.
The beautiful, fragile and temporary nature of our existence is the source of my hope.
I'm a compulsive list maker. I fly fish, hunt, bike, run, hike, camp, garden and other blue-sky-starry-night-storm-cloud stuff.
I have a few, really good friends, rather than the opposite. I'm like Eleanor Roosevelt: I'd rather talk about ideas than things or people. (Tho' I have a lot of ideas about humane infrastructure and sustainable building. Things (and actions) are often the embodiment of ideas and beliefs, acknowledged or not.)
I value ongoing debate and dialogue over conclusions (but abhor relativism). I am an aspiring meditator. I am scientifically literate but definitely more of a groupie than a roadie, and certainly not in the band. I believe it's possible to have wrong opinions. I believe context is everything but, like I said, I detest moral shapeshifting (relativism). Morals are not fashion statements. Granted, the zeitgeist may move slowly across generations, but in one's puny lifetime, one ought to pick something and stick to it, no? When necessary, update your thinking; don't be a fascist.
I believe the Earth's biome is in jeopardy due to human activity. I am motivated to reduce my footprint on this fragile place so that I can face my (currenty hypothetical) children without shame.
When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronaut and a cowboy and, having achieved both of those goals, everything from here-on-out is just philanthropy and gravy.
All of which is merely a circuitous, inconvenient, purple way of saying that I'm not bored or boring and that I have a lot of love to give.
Live long, prosper and quote Spock.
This profile is long-winded by design, not accident. I thought I'd give you something more to go on, rather than less. I state things strongly here but it's not to intimidate or come across as an incurable hard-case. I do it to give you something to chew on, other than the usual boilerplate profile platitudes. I'm sweet, personable and approachable, I promise. ;)
Of course, if you're into the whole, you know, brevity thing, check out my other profile: Bohisattva. It's the Reader's Digest version of this one. :P