I hate the TSA. All its employees could die right now and I would not shed a tear. Get a job that doesn’t require molesting or infringing on the rights of free citizens! They don’t do a damned thing for security, it’s just about money and power to the TSA and its contractors.
Why are you skeptical about religion (what exactly DO you believe?) and what made you a vegetarian?
I’m not skeptical just about religion. I’m skeptical, full stop. I don’t need to see something to believe it’s true, but I do need to have some good evidence presented to me in a rational fashion. I’ve never found any for any religious belief systems, thus I don’t believe in their tenets and parables.
That doesn’t mean I disagree with all of their concepts. Some religious ideas are quite nice. But any religious idea that a person should be punished just for being who they are and not harming others in any way that I can see, is an idea I dismiss.
As for what I believe, it would take too long to write it out here but I can sum up: Make good choices, not evil ones. Leave others alone so that they can try to do the same. Knowledge is good, denying reality is evil.
I am a vegetarian because I neither want to kill animals if I can avoid it, nor be responsible indirectly for such actions, if I can avoid it. But the origin story is here: http://blog.paulidin.com/?p=297
I had glasses early and was adopted and was chubby and liked “girly” things and nerdy things and was good at school. Maybe there are worse things happening out there, but this one hit me in the gut.
Here was the comment I left for Katie:
"Hi Katie, I’m just a boy but I’ve grown up a lot. I’ve been picked on for being adopted, being girly, wearing glasses, being heavier than other kids, and for being smarter than other kids.
But all those kids who bullied me have not amounted to much and I’m living a pretty great life. I’m doing what I want, making good money, and being happy.
You sound like a terrific person for liking what you like and for being so brave. I think maybe you’re braver than I was at your age. In fact, I think you’re so brave, you’re giving me inspiration to be even braver. Thank you, Katie.
The world needs more people like you and we’re all glad you’re just who you are.”
Some labels seem to indicate which gender you’re likely to be attracted to, relative to your own gender. Other labels seem to focus on physical attributes of the person labeled. Others seem to be about romantic tendencies. Others are about whether a person’s interests are singularly directed or can be simultaneously spread among multiple targets, either romantically or sexually.
They all seem to carry the baggage of forcing the labeler to consider the person about to be labeled, relative to how the labeler feels about such things.
That is, the labels are biased by whomever is doing the labeling.
What if we tossed all the current labels and used new ones just to indicate how a person is likely to build relationships without forcing a level of intimacy on the types of relationships those are (friendship, sexual, romantic, etc.)?
If we could, I’d imagine just six labels that could be applied to any one person without (at least as far as I can see) any one label being better or worse than another. I don’t know what they’d be named but here’s what I thought:
TYPES: The person is willing to have some sort of relationship with …
1) one male at a time
2) one female at a time
3) one anyone at a time
4) multiple males at a time
5) multiple females at a time
6) multiple anyones at a time
Why have labels at all? It would be a way to quickly establish what sort of relationships you could have with someone you are attracted to.
I’m generally a 2, but I could see myself as taking on the role of a 5 or a 6 with the right people. But if I met an attractive female and asked her which she was and she said she was a 5, for example, I’d just be friends with her and not bother making her uncomfortable by hitting on her. I’m imagining that it wouldn’t make the slightest difference to the question what genitals either of us were born with or currently possessed. For that matter, she could tell me that she’s a 6 but only does friendships. And that would be clear to me, too.
But I’m not well educated on gender concepts. Is this too simple? Is this offensive? Has this already been proposed in a smarter, better way than I have?