About

I’m a mao. If you don’t know what that means, that’s okay. It is the best way I’ve ever found to describe myself.

I also consider myself an Occidental. Yet another strange (and completely archaic) way of describing oneself.

I should have been born in the ancient city of Sparta. Maybe not, for all I know conditions could have been horrid. From what we know of it though, it sounds like a great place for someone like me.

I have always considered myself a warrior. I can no longer rage the battlefield, sword in hand, to swoop down upon my enemy with the ferocity of the Dragon (the year in which I was born). No, today I must rage in different kinds of confrontations, mostly with my words (too bad). But I do often go hunting for those confrontations. Particularly any that involve injustice. I get a sheer thrill out of bullying the bully.

I also think I have a bit of a martyr complex. It’s not a good thing, and yet, I’m not really going to try and fix it. I suppose that may just be part of the complex, though. If my suffering is going to help others, I’m okay with it. I feel like my shoulders are strong and I can bear any burden necessary to relieve others of theirs. I’ll go cry in a corner about my weakness later, when no one is watching.  However, I know that’s unfair. If I don’t let other’s bear their own burdens (i.e. I try to ‘fix’ everything), then how are they going to get any stronger.

I am loud, sometimes rude, and very ethnocentric in my pluralistic view of morality. How’s that work? Well, it means that I’m very understanding of the various ideas of morality, but anything outside this understanding is wrong. I’m only exaggerating a little.

I like to think of myself as a social scientist (even though I don’t really believe the social sciences are “real science”, simply because, despite their scientific methods of quantifying research, it’s still ambiguous as hell.  Science has real answers, not maybes), I have my opinions which are strong and I am very passionate about. However, if you present me with evidence to the contrary (and anecdotal evidence is NOT evidence), I am more than willing to change my opinion. That’s what being a scientist is about.

I have a particularly strong interest in the subjects of human deviance. This includes everything from race, gender, sexuality, culture and even language. You may wonder how these things fit under the topic of deviance. It’s easy. I come from a Eurocentric society. That means anything that is not white, heterosexual, protestant, and male is deviant from accepted cultural norms. Don’t get offended; to deviate simply means to differ. It is not a bad word, even though it’s often used as such. Still offended? Think white, heterosexual, protestant men shouldn’t be considered “the norm”?  I agree; they shouldn’t, but they are. Why don’t you help me change that.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Herneith
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:17:33

    What is your racialized background?

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  2. wanpimao
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 13:45:44

    I have purposely left out my race, gender and orientation from my blog and any comments made with this profile. I have learned over the years that our words are often judged by our background. While it certainly does contribute to our position, I believe that the words themselves should be judged, not where they come from.
    I am a mixed-race human living in a euro-centric society. That is the most I will share.

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