I am like any man who strives to be honest with himself. Talk to me. Ask me how it is I think one way or feel another. Inquisitiveness has made me a believer in the existence of God, but that's mostly because it makes the world more fun to think about. I will gladly assume the role of the atheist for the sake of debate, and yes, I do have some tricks up my sleeve.
I voted Republican this time. You know what that means. If I were British, I'd have voted for Brexit. The sovereignty of a nation and the uplifting of its people weighs heavier for me than some globalist fantasy with aims to line the pockets of elites. Given that I live in California, I anticipate that I've already lost more than half of you reading this. Good. Those who are still around have the satisfaction of knowing that I am not interested in virtue signaling or standing up in solidarity for a phony narrative. Women in this country are not oppressed, cops value the lives of black people more than blacks value each other, and there are no safe spaces to escape these realities. There is only the dangerous, beautiful truth.
So, who are you? You are kind but formidable; pensive but passionate. You have the anti-hero's heart and the antagonist's wit. You know someone who would probably think I'm an asshole, but you smile because you don't care.
Let's start here.
It is accurate to call me a space traveler, as it is the case that the earth upon which I dwell is moving through space. I can not, however, be properly identified as a time traveler on the basis that my body moves through time. That's because my body doesn't move through time. What my body--like all others--actually does is change, and change is what we use to define time itself. Hence, my ever-changing physical form serves as an example of time unfolding as its atoms travel in relation to other atoms.
Put another way, to state that a body travels through time is to commit a category mistake. It is akin to saying that some trees exist within these things called forests. The fact of the matter, rather, is that trees themselves (in some aggregate) constitute what we call a forest. Similarly, traveling bodies are not moving through some separate sphere called time. Their travel constitutes what we refer to as time.
With that said...
I AM A TIME TRAVELER but only on the basis that my consciousness is perpetually moving through future bodies. Even if I were to move in the other direction, the same method would apply. This is the only coherent time travel model. When fiction depicts time travel as bodies being hurled backward or forward through time at the risk of running into their past or future selves, this conveys an absurdity in terms and logic.
What else? I feel I am apt at holding philosophical conversations.
Oh yeah, I am often told that I look younger than my age. So, I guess I am good at that.
Movies: All sorts. From family-friendly stuff (e.g. Taare Zameen Par ["Like Stars on Earth"]) to the darkly humorous, infinitely strange and taboo bashing (e.g. Miike Takashi's Visitor Q.) From old silent movies (e.g. Carl Dreyer's La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc) to modern day attacks on the senses (e.g. Gaspar Noe's ENTER THE VOID.)
TV: In no particular order... Westworld, Louie, Breaking Bad, Hannibal, Community, Fargo, Daredevil, True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Rick and Morty, Banshee (except that last season) and the mindchildren of absurdist, avant-garde group PFFR (i.e. Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, The Heart She Holler, et al.)
Food: Yes. I'm vegetarian, btw.
2. A random selection of six things.
3. Steve Martin's SNL Christmas wishlist.
4. A number 4 bullet point on an arbitrary list containing a total of six things.
6. Yeah. I just blew your mind.
2. The type of filmmaker I'd like to be/whether I am creative enough.
3. How I might be able to turn symbolic logic proofs into a fun and relatively easy game. I'm sort of a nerd for it ever since I took a class. I think it would be cool to have software on a touch screen device that could identify when justifications are valid or not.
4. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
5. How the above entry is in fact a grammatically correct English sentence.
6. For the last couple of years, I've taken an interest in gender issues, especially pertaining to men's rights versus feminist theory topics. I highly recommend the works of Alison Tieman (Typhonblue) and Karen Straughan (girlwriteswhat) among many others.
7/31/12: According to OKC, 13% of users believe that trees have souls. For the sake of consistency, I hope that that means that 13% of users believe in the existence of the soul.
8/29/13: It's been far too long since I've updated this profile.
6/3/14: I might be in the theistic minority here, but I think that if God has a plan, it was written up long ago and tossed in the back of a rusty, old celestial filing cabinet, figuratively speaking.
These talks I encounter from theists about God having a special purpose for each little human boy and girl just sound like ego-making nonsense to me. It's not even that the statement is necessarily untrue on its face. After all, one could say that God has a plan for each blade of grass, but we don't find that knowledge to be particularly significant, do we?
So, how about we operate under the assumption that the details of our mundane lives are meaningless and worthless in the grand scope? In fact, the more inclined we are to identify our actions and choices as divinely significant, the further from God we are.
9/23/14: God allowing us free will is precluded by God's having created us.
The above statement, while containing implications devastating to the average theist (generally of the Abrahamic variety,) is easy to overcome once God as creator is properly deemphasized.
The creator God is inferior to Krishna. Krishna does not create directly but instead expands into particular forms with the unique purpose of entertaining an inferior desire held by lesser beings. In this sense, Krishna is neutral to creation, in and of itself. He desires neither to create nor destroy and simply maintains the universe as He sees fit in order that the living entities can try and fulfill their desires to enjoy independently. Brahma and Shiva (the creator and destroyer, respectively) function at the direction of Krishna. In this way, Krishna is free in ways that creators and destroyers are not.
This brings us full circle to the original statement in this post.
In summation, freedom is possible for us because we are not created just as Krishna is free because there is nothing that necessitates Him as a creator.
11/1/14: If your intelligence is the canvas and your sense organs are the medium by which their interactions with their respective objects (e.g. eye to form, nose to fragrance, etc.) create your art, then by dint of your discriminating mind as the strokes of your brush, you paint yourself into a corner where true art is lost in the suffering that owes its due to ignorance.
The eternal art of the conscious soul has an inbuilt conviction of self and God, and the reservoir of knowledge and bliss can only be found in that pairing. This true art's canvas, paint and brush are the eternally spontaneous, loving reciprocation between the individual and the Absolute Person. This is your original position, and all deviations are but an imposition on the mind.