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Michele Perez

"Being an ethical person, causing the least harm to all earth's creatures and making kindness a virtue"

Orlando, FL, USA
Joined May 7, 2014
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Birthday Jan 01  
About Me Always a nerd at heart: I enjoy science, philosophy, and forming my own opinion, reforming when necessary. I like film, coffee, music, vintage clothing, sci-fi, horror, going to festivals, watching BBC and many of the newer dramas (finally! good tv). I'm an atheist (most hated people in the US!!!) and an enthusiast of critical thinking. I believe animals are not for food, abuse, or experimentation. Because we have the capacity to reason, foresee consequences, and apply empathy, we have the duty to protect what cannot protect itself and act as moral agents.
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Pets lots of cats and two dogs (I do rescue)  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Liberal
Religions Atheist/Realist/Humanist  
Eating Habits proud to eat junk foods, love food, vegan  
Wild Fact About Me I drive a hybrid
My Philosophy Do the least harm, think don't follow, be kind, break some rules if they are asking for it.
What Gives Me Hope People who care, who help, who want this world to be a better place - there aren't anywhere near enough.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Hmm, this is much too complicated to be" the first thing I would do". I know I would immediately seek to legalize gay marriage as a civil right of constituents, strengthen laws against animal cruelty, create deductions for responsible behaviors (recycling, driving hybrids, smaller families, charitable contributions), keep religion separate from government agencies and laws entirely, emphasize kindness and choosing what is right, or sometimes just better, over what is wrong, convenient, or considered the status-quo.
What/who changed my life and why No singular thing has changed my life.
What Bugs Me people who try to look ultra sexy, most sports, misspelling privilege a lot definitely, misusing words, name-calling, greed, people who look the other way, lazy "thinking", cruel people, superstition  
Passions trying to be a good person, dispelling myths, using reason, the animals that live with me, animal rights and welfare, civil rights, human rights  
What Scares Me the selfish, nationalism, how easily people follow, violence, ultra religious people, a fair amount of the far right, narcissists, sociopaths, greedy people, paranoid people  
Role Models Douglas Hofstadter, Daniel Dennett, Phil Blatt, Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell, Anthony Bentham, Nice people, Neal Barnard, MD, Peter Singer, Carl Sagan  
Quotation The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?"
Jeremy Bentham
Music Angus and Julia Stone, Iron and Wine, Phantogram, Rjd2, Francoise Hardy, Royksopp, Austra, Crystal Castles, Camera Obscura, Belle &amp, Sebastian  
Movies 2001: A Space Odyssey, THX 1138, Inland Empire, The Ninth Gate, Rosemary's Baby, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Harry Potter, Evil Dead, Black Swan, Supiria, Pod People, The Shining, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Solaris, Carnival of Souls, Last Year at Marienbad, Images, 3 W  
TV Shows Bates Motel, Look Around, Snuff Box, Dr. Marenghi's Dark Place, Sea Lab 2021, American Dad, Portlandia, Torchwood, Orchid Black, Sherlock, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, Les Revenants  
Favorite Foods Fried stuff, Pizza (homemade), Mac and "cheese", "Coq" a vin, Stout pie, Cottage pie, Indian food, Greek food, Vegan cuban food, Chocolate hazelnut spread, Beignets, Cinnamon rolls, English peas, mashed potatoes, Gardein brand faux meats  
Favorite Places Portland OR, Sweden  
Can't Live Without Food, sleep, tv, eyeglasses/contacts  
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