The best metaphor I can think of to communicate to you who I am is:
Imagine a robot (with damaged input sensors), who tries to simulate being human, while disguised as one and living among them. The culture, behavior, and beliefs of humans make extraordinarily little sense to it. Likewise, its analysis of any given topic is foreign to them. It is programmed with one prime directive, to maximize the value of its own life. Yet ironically pursuit of this imperative is hampered by the disconnect between itself and the surrounding humans. Nevertheless, it methodically plods on as best it can.
Meet the robot!
Now you are not actually interested in my idiosyncrasies, but rather, how I can help you. For your task when perusing these profiles is to identify the people most capable of enhancing your life. What other point could there be?
So here is how I might be able to help you.
- Truth. I can help you in the pursuit of identifying true beliefs, and eliminating false ones, as this is something very important to me, and I’ve spent some time thinking about how this works. An irony not lost on me is that those who can most benefit from my help in this area are the least likely to realize it.
- Value. What is important? Or rather, what is (or should be) important TO YOU. I can at least offer a correct high level context (that surprisingly, most people are lacking, or don’t even think about) for what you should be doing with your time.
- Self Control. Is there ever a conflict between what you do and wish you had done? If the problem is severe enough, I can teach you a simple but remarkably effective solution.
- Emotional Instability. I am emotionally stable, so if you are prone to greater swings, I can help be an anchor to minimize the danger of the negative extremes. And I can help you appreciate the value of the positive extremes (something I miss out on).
- Nutrition. I can point you towards a correct framework for what to eat for optimal health. It isn’t what you typically hear.
It’s ok to pause and laugh at me now. I realize I sound like a cross between a cult leader and self help life coach. I am neither of those things (though I think ‘cult leader’ would be a good gig).
- Analysis / Problem Solving. I can help you distill a situation down into the most important parts and principles and use them to form a solution.
- Intellectual Conversations. If you enjoy these, we will get along swimmingly.
- Honesty. I tend to be honest to a fault, out of habit and because I do not expect I would make a good liar. This means you can trust me and that what I tell you is sincere.
- Loyalty. I am a naturally loyal person. I would feel bad about terminating a generally successful relationship.
- Surprise. Because I am such a contrarian thinker, you are bound to be surprised as I offer you alternative perspectives.
- Laughter. Because I’m just so darn weird, and often inept at mundane things, there’s bound to be plenty of humor for you.