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I got onto OKCupid to present tests and occasionally take them. I also, from time to time, snoop on others who take my tests, just to see what makes them tick. Also am happy to discuss the tests with takers.
I have made two tests so far - the 'British Eccentric Test' and the 'Political Objectives Test'. The former was just done for a bit of fun. Although the latter was likewise done for fun, it was also, and more importantly, to help promote a better understanding of political philosophy and movements. I am very impressed with the reception it has got so I may as well make a few comments on its
To start with the word is 'objectives' rather than 'objectiveness'. The test explores the very subjective world of politics.
It focuses on ideological objectives rather than a random
assortment of disparate issues. It focuses on philosophy rather than practice. There are a lot of freedom-loving Yanks who my test is rating as 'Anarchists' and to them I apologise if this comes as a shock. You are more likely a libertarian in practice. Possibly in an environment of extreme crises (e.g. your government truly becomes the dictatorship some of you imagine it to be) you would then become the thing my test calls you. Likewise anyone who my test has called 'Communist' or 'Fascist' or anything extreme, take it with a pinch of salt.
I hope that the Political Objectives Test will (like many other tests on the internet) help to combat the ridiculous notion of 'left and right' which tells us that there are only two sides to politics. I also want to try and demonstrate that there are many political stances that all differ but also all share some common ground. So a liberal may have some things in common with a socialist but they will also have other things in common with a conservative. And indeed the socialist and conservative may have some things in common that set them both apart from the liberal!
Other things - see here.
Most of these are ensured as long as human rights are respected.
Since the bulk of this discussion was written my personal life has become more challenging and rewarding. The story is a rather involved and even convoluted one. And its latest chapter results in a relationship status change for me. I preserve the other stuff I have written (see below) as I think the development of a mindset is worth tracking.
I am wondering whether there is more to OKCupid than tests.
Its status as a dating site intimidates me since I have always
looked for partners from face-to-face contact. Nonetheless half my
life has passed (according to a staff-written OKCupid life
expectancy test) and it may be time for a relaxing of my attitude.
However, there is another problem.
I am mindful that the role of partner involves the fulfilling of
many criteria and I have come to the conclusion that I can only
meet some of those. I do well on the 'caring' and
'communicative' front but am found wanting in regards 'ambition' and 'direction'. With that in mind I am thinking of forgoing relationships.
What is left for someone who has decided that? I find the
proposition of deliberate chastity or celibacy to be a
dismal one belonging to an austere philosophy which I reject. On
the other hand the notion of me turning into some kind of 'player'
seems comical. Will I find some kind of balance between these
extremes? For now I will tentatively explore that within the
face-to-face realm. Writing it here simply helps me make sense of
This mindset is given a somewhat more positive tone here.
Do note that I only visit here occasionally so responding to messages may take some time...