I am quite a bit detached from the world. I sit back and experience the big picture in what I'd like to be an as much nonjudgemental way as possible, which works with my nihilism but contradicts with what part of me considers to be the essence of a good life. But I think calmness and openmindedness can go a long way.
I'm pretty enthralled by this MBTI thingy, although I realize that you can't reduce a complex character into a fourdimensional scale. Anyway, it has shown to be quite accurate in describing people I know. I'm something between an INFP and INTP, which is a tough call. It's probably best to assume at least two persons inside my head, which is (as my alter ego Harry Haller has learned) an oversimplified view.
My life is that of a modern hermit, an often unsatisfactory condition. I love and need my personal space and freedom and am generally uninterested in most people, but this way of life deprives me of a certain kind of needs and experiences. Subsequently, I have phases of spontaneous outbursts - there is a chance that I am willing to spend a weekend with a stranger to do stuff I usually wouldn't.
I've grown up in reasonably liberal home, but haven't really been exposed to something that could be named a real value, and have been pretty much a nihilist for most of my life. It took scientific education to make me realize the pure awesomeness that is the whole universe, as a result I'm now interested in a lot of stuff, like animal rights, social justice, psychology, ecology, personal freedom, etc., along with nearly every field of natural science and mathematics. Too much to be an expert in anything, though I prefer breadth above depth anyway.
And I have much more humor and self-mockery than you might think after reading this ;D