I love and respect all life; from worms to arachnids, rodents to reptiles, crustaceans (one of my favorite subphylums) to primates, amphibians, mammals, trees, fungi... etc. To be honest, humans are my least favorite species. I dislike the chauvinist mentality we tend to wear in response to other species. Being able to build skyscrapers and wear interchangeable coats in no way makes us superior to our interspecies counterparts. It simply makes us different.
I am a stubborn, cynical, observant philosopher, an outspoken intellectual, a creative visionary, and a jaded, slightly narcissistic pariah with an addiction to the subconscious mind, video games, and art.
At the same time, I am very empathetic, tolerant, and understanding. I can get along with anyone who chooses to get along with me. I prefer quality over quantity, by far.
I don't believe in adolescent drama. I find it trivial, and I have better things to do with my energy and time.
I appreciate all life. It's not irreversible. It is no one's place to say who deserves to live and who deserves to die. And in saying that: I respect death. I see no reason why I should fear the inevitable.
The world's opinion of me does not affect my own internal happiness. People are going to despise me no matter what, whether that's for what I am, who I am, or what I'm not. There's nothing I can do to change that, and I don't care to. I am what I am. The rest of the world is simply going to have to get used to that.
People like Gage Tarver and myself (as well as a good number of individuals on this site, I'm sure) prove that not all hope is lost in humanity; that there are people out there who care about the Earth, life, existence, the arcane, and what is truly beautiful--not what is crammed down our throats by TV ads or the words of the selfish, or what bulimic actresses and supermodels tell us "beauty" is. People like us help me to believe that there is a chance we can save this world, by educating the ignorant and loving/caring for that which has never had the privilege.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Pass legislation for TRULY equal rights for all species, races, sexual orientations, minorities, sexes, etc.
What/who changed my life and why
Nine Inch Nails, because every lyric has meaning. There's a song for every situation, every mood, and every raw feeling about the world. There's no censorship to cover up the truth with happy, empty words or false hope. When I listen to Nine Inch Nails, I feel like the world world is being addressed like it needs to be--every problem, every inch of sadness that we so like to put aside and act as if it didn't exist. The message is so clear; yet, it always leaves you thinking so cavernously. And at the same time, it inspires me to express myself, to acknowledge every issue that we ignore and to live my life in the hopes that I can change something and truly make a difference.
The perfect song to describe this is "Right Where It Belongs." Look it up (the lyrics, at the very least) if you're not familiar with the message.
"Man is the only animal that deals in that atrocity of atrocities, War. He is the only one that gathers his brethren about him and goes forth in cold blood and calm pulse to exterminate his kind. He is the only animal that for sordid wages will march out and help to slaughter strangers of his own species who have done him no harm and with whom he has no quarrel . . . And in the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man' - with his mouth." --Mark Twain