Getting as many degrees as possible, accumulating all the knowledge
I can, and writing as an upsetting contrarian. I see injustice
tearing through the human condition
, and I want to
fight all of it, all at once.
I am a teacher--and damn good at it--but I'm in the academy for the
research and writing. Students are fun, and their enthusiasm is a
necessity for me, but my life's ambition is to start an argument
for the ages (that's the "holy grail," anyway).
In the future, I hope to be living in a metropolitan area with
walking access to arts and entertainment as well as employment at a
college or university; I love nature as much as a city's culture,
so I'd like a city with some proximity to mountains. But all of
that is long-term thinking.
POLITICS: I am an aggressive left-winger (but not pro-violence in
most cases). The Democrats are often too conservative for me. That
said, I mostly approve of Obama's job performance: I expected him
to be as conservative as he is, I expected digging us out of Bush's
hole would be tough, and I should have expected conservatives to
block his attempts to help anyone (I guess I wasn't cynical
RELIGION: I am an atheist, but I've lost interest in arguing about
it. I'm sure that sounds strange--but the arguments never change,
no one is ever persuaded, that game just isn't fun anymore.
FAMILY-ISH STUFF: I oppose the institution of marriage (but think
marital rights must be given equally--so gay marriage is a must). I
(probably) don't want (young) children. I think I'm looking for a
partner-in-crime type, not a family. As I get older, I understand
that I need to be more open to this.