I've joined this website for two reasons – political activism and dating. I'm new here, so I don't know whether it's appropriate for both purposes. For me, those two purposes are closely connected. After all, as Saint Exupery said, “love consists not in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Will you carry your protest sign beside mine?
Politically: I'm pretty far to the left; I think I might describe myself as a Buddhist socialist. I attend meetings, lectures, rallies; this year I went to SOA Watch. My heaviest political activity is my blogging. I believe that the world would be a better place if more people were introduced to the ideas of Lakoff, Lerner, Waldman, et al., and so I've written about their ideas at http://www.myspace.com/nonclassical. In order to encourage more people to look at that page, I've been actively recruiting MySpace “friends,” inviting anyone who I think might be receptive to the ideas. I now have over 10,000 “friends,” though I'm sure most of them have read only a little of my writing.
Personally: I was married for 23 years, but now I'm single and a little lonely. I would like to meet a woman who lives in Nashville, who has compatible interests and chemistry. I don't care for travel, sports, fine dining, or other self-indulgent entertainment; I'm looking for someone who can share my nonmaterialistic view of the world.
The progress has been excruciatingly slow, but if you look through the past centuries, we *have* made progress. And Hawken's book BLESSED UNREST (video available online) says that understanding is breaking out all over the place; the Worldwide Progressive Movement is *real*.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Free broadband internet for everyone. (Once we have real freedom of speech and the press, the rest will follow.)
What/who changed my life and why
Lots of things. Probably the top two were discovering George Lakoff on Booktv, and discovering Alternet.org on my cellphone.