April 05, 2005
Well, I figure that since everyone else is doing an introduction, I will too. This is always hard for me, though, because I feel like I go through a metamorphosis pretty often, so it's hard to pin "myself" down in words. I'll try.
My name is George Peterson. I got my BS in Computer Science from N.C. State University in May, 2003. I then went to Europe for 6 weeks, was unemployed and living at my parents' house in Asheville, NC for a few months, and finally got a crappy tech support job there for a few months. I moved in with my girlfriend Anna in Winston Salem, NC when that job got old, was unemployed in Winston Salem for a few months, then got a web development job. It was high-paying and I worked from home, but I only got a few weeks' pay before the company folded. I'm still owed alot of money. I then was unemployed again until I got hired yesterday (4/4/2005) by another company as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer. That's less than 2 years. Oh, but there's more.
Now for the fun stuff. I see myself as very radical, including a radical belief in non-violent direct action and civil disobedience when protests just stop working.
I believe that we will soon hit world peak oil production, and apparently so does Venezuela's Oil Minister.
I believe that alternative fuels will never provide the kind of ridiculous energy output we've enjoyed from the last century or so of cheap oil, and I believe that may not be such a bad thing.
I believe that peace can only be achieved through peaceful means. Peace cannot be forced upon people, and it especially cannot be brought about through violence.
I believe that the names "War Crime" and "Hate Crime" are needless double-names. When you commit an act of war, you've already committed a crime. When you commit a crime against your fellow man, you become the very embodiment of hate.
I believe that 'god' is not an old man with a beard, up in the sky, who makes rules that human beings cannot possibly follow only to punish them in a fiery pit of sulfur when they inevitably do break those rules. 'God' is simply consciousness itself. Perhaps shared, perhaps unique to each individual, but simply the personification of that which our brains cannot possibly comprehend but our souls can somehow feel.
I believe that all life is sacred. A life is a life is a life, whether it's a plant or a single-cell organism or a dog or a human being. No one life is more important than another except in the mind of a conscious entity that has fooled itself into thinking it's somehow special.
Finally, I believe that we each should always ask ourselves what we believe and admit it to ourselves and anyone who asks. Lying to others is pretty loathsome, but lying to yourself is no less than completely awful.
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Wow! Nice intro. I appreciate knowing more about you. Good luck with the new job!
Posted by: Rowan at April 6, 2005 08:21 PM