Who am I? What is my purpose here? Where do I come from?
I may provide answers to some of these questions as time progresses. I may even provide answers to the questions no one has asked. Who knows?
The idea of me putting up a page about myself is pretty foreign to me at this point. I'm a rather asocial person, an introvert, and I have been for most of my life. Especially when it comes to the internet. So I wouldn't hold out hope that this page will ever become more fleshed out, but I'll provide a little.
My name is Orion. We've already established that I'm an introvert, so I won't mention it here. . . I was born and raised in the southern United States (Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana), and lived for several years in New Mexico, where I met my wife, had some good times and ate plenty of great food (New Mexican food is at the top of my list of foods), and eventually moved back to Georgia. The moves may not be finished, but for now that's where they've stopped.
CM 1: Well, how about that. Somewhere along the way, he decided to update this page, posting more information than it seems like he'd be comfortable with.
CM 2: Maybe it's because not many people really read this.
CM 1: Maybe it's because he's become more open and extroverted.
Orion: Who knows why? Sorry for the strange rantings of the commentators; these things do happen.
Now, on with the show . . .
What do I believe?
There is considerable overlap between some of the sections below. However, I felt the need to break it into smaller chunks. It began as a single, continuous piece, but after a while it ceased to flow together, necessitating the sectioning.
Personal and Political
My personal and political beliefs tend toward the strongly libertarian; each person should have the freedom to live their life the way they want, do what they want to do, as long as they don't harm others. I think the primary reason for this is that I don't see the logic in a person (or group of people) defining (and limiting) what other people do for any of the following reasons:
- they [think they] know best
- that's what a god told them
- that's what research has shown - explanation later
- they just simply don't like something
“A rational anarchist believes that concepts such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame… as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else. But being rational, he knows that not all individuals hold his evaluations, so he tries to live perfectly in an imperfect world…aware that his effort will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failure.
“My point is that one person is responsible. Always. [...] In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state.’ Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
That being said, I recognize that a no-government scenario is untenable, and therefore accept that a system of laws and coordinating governmental bodies are beneficial.
A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
― Kay, Men In Black
However, I think that governments tend to grow and become corrupt and inefficient - and I think that is where we are today.
I have no problem with a person stating their opinion (or research results, I said I'd get back to it) and suggesting them as guidelines which people can choose to follow or not. Science should be used for education rather than legislation. Obviously, if there is harm to others involved, then there is a difference, but we can't automatically limit some action or behavior just because it has the potential to cause harm.
Let me go ahead and state that when I refer to people, I mean adults, capable of making decisions and providing for themselves. It's not that I don't think other humans are people, I just mean in the context of this page. . .
I think that people should be able to consume any type of food (or other substances) they want in the quantity they want - as long as the only person they can do harm to is themselves. If they want to drink gallons of syrupy drinks or raw milk, or use recreational drugs, then that is fine (they should be made aware of the risks associated with it though). However (and it's a big one), when it comes to minors and dependents, then I view it as problematic. I don't think that minors should be provided with potentially harmful substances. However, if a product (like raw milk) is provided to a minor, and the child becomes ill or dies from the known and properly communicated risks, then the provider should be held fully (legally) responsible for the harm caused; after all, they are acting in a supervisory role and they should be acting responsibly.
I believe that every person who enters this world, has the same potential inherent in them - no one is born better than another. I also believe that every person should have the same opportunities, regardless of race, sex, gender, orientation, or socioeconomic status or their family.
I believe a person should be able to marry anyone they feel a desire to marry, whoever they love, regardless of whether the partner(s) is(are) the same sex or not. As long as everyone involved consents to the union(s), then why should anyone interfere. This is not a marriage in the religious sense, but in the legal sense - the only kind that matters in my mind.
Science and Religion
I believe in reason and logic and that without proof or verifiability, then something cannot be believed or trusted. Science and Engineering click with me for this reason. Hypotheses are formed, tested, and either refined or discarded based on the results. While there are topics which are beyond my grasp, I could endeavor to learn and test the conclusions myself; however, I believe that, on the whole, I can trust other members of the scientific community that have attained the knowledge to verify the findings of new research. Which leads us to . . .
I am an atheist, meaning that I don't believe there is a god or any other higher power. However, I'm perfectly content to let you believe what you like, but please, no proselytizing. I believe that there are good and bad parts of every religion, but don't blindly follow an ancient text (any text (or doctrine) really, it doesn't have to be ancient) without questioning it's relevance (or lack thereof) to current society.