28 May 2018
For about a year, I’ve been thinking about changing this page. Today’s as good a day as any.
I’m still paddling folding kayaks, still looking for a serviceable Seavivor Greenland Solo, still riding bikes, still reading books. This past year, I’ve read (truthfully) dozens and dozens of Star Wars novels. (Update 11/23/20 – got a 99 cent Kindle Unlimited deal and have been spending a lot of free time reading numerous Galaxy’s Edge novels) That’s (binge-reading Star Wars novels), mentally, like laying on the couch and eating ice-cream out of the carton. I still don’t quite fit in, still almost entirely without social skills, and still tend not to care much about that most of the time.
While most of what I wrote about myself about eight years ago is still true, age has tempered me a bit and I’m a little less comfortable with grandiose, bombastic self-description now than formerly. For instance, I still have a “tendency to disvalue conventional authority while overvaluing my own experience and cognitive faculty when faced with what is usually referred to as an ethical dilemma,” but I’m a little more likely to reflect before acting. My political views are even more anti-communist and I’ve become more Reformed in my thinking and theology.
I’m still unashamedly White, actually happy and proud of the heritage God’s chosen for me. Here’re a few reasons why: “...what I posit are the best features of my Northern and Southern European heritage: again, the value placed upon education, both formal and informal; the value intrinsic to the individual; the value of work; the value of thrift. I see these values resulting in functional vocational and living outcomes, and therefore superior to those fostering dependence and the acquisition of unearned or unmerited gain.” Christian people of European descent are not the only ones who value the foregoing. Also, not all of my co-religionists share my values. Oh well.
Carry on bravely, do the next right thing, do the next smart thing.