Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena


Someone popped into my journal yesterday with an invitation to join one of those "peer judgement" communities, this one based on quality of thought rather than appearance. I was amused and filled out the form...

Someone left an anonymous invitation in my journal, and I am sufficiently intrigued to fill the out application, mostly as an exercise. I rather suspect I am too old and too evil to be particularly welcome in this company, but who can say without trying? All of the answers below are deadly serious, with the exception of one particularly grisly (and I should think obvious) pair.

Name: Hyena
Age: 48
Sex: Male
Location: Chicago-ish (Waukegan)

My DJ Bio seems a good place to start: Errantrist, ethicist, writer, curmudgeon. Human by Heinlein's definition. (Heinlein’s definition: A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.)

Tell me some good qualities about yourself: I gave up anthropophagy for Lent.

What are some bad ones? Lent is over.


Four is too easy…

Homosexuality: It exists; it is NOT a choice. Punishing or harassing someone on the basis of sexual preference is as asinine as harassment based on skin color. On the other hand, marriage is a mark of community approval, and America is just not there yet: There is a big difference between sufferance and sanction.

Religion in the Classroom: Religious indoctrination as part of compulsory education is EVIL. Comparative religious study is healthy.

George W. Bush: An idiot. I voted for him. I am probably going to vote for him again, because Kerry and his friends want to put me in jail. Life is full of hard choices.

Legalization of Marijuana: Hell, I want to legalize heroin. But there are NO good reasons for cannabis to be illegal, and many goods ones for it to be legal. If grass were legalized and taxed at a rate comparable to alcohol or tobacco, the price would fall by about 60% and the feds would have several billion in new revenue to play with. But habitual stupidity dies hard.

War in Iraq: Immoral, stupid, wrong. Georgie should have just gotten the damned Viagra prescription if he wanted to get a hard on. (And this from a pagan who serves a war god.)

Racism: Stupid. Evil. And yet we ALL do it occasionally, don’t we?

Gun Control: Private ownership of firearms reduces crime, and is the hallmark of a truly free society. On the other hand, people who worship Safety are pretty much universally terrified of firearms. Of course, people who worship safety are pretty much universally afraid of Freedom, too.

Abortion: One simple question: Is the fetus a person, or not? There is no middle ground. If yes, then abortion is murder. If no, then the pregnant woman can do whatever she likes with her body. (It is absolutely legal to have a surgeon remove one of your arms, for instance, if you can find a surgeon who will do it…) My own opinion is that real humanity does not begin until the point of self-awareness, something like 18 months after birth—but the dividing point I argue for is first breath, which is clear and simple. After, human. Before, property.

Suicide: I am morally committed to the idea of righteous suicide, but most attempts are based in cowardice or selfishness, which is to say, are NOT righteous.

Vanity: Pride is sometimes listed as one of the Seven Deadly Sins. This is a mistranslation; pride is responsible for most of what is best in humanity. Vanity, on the other hand, belongs in the company of Greed, Sloth, and Gluttony.

Anorexia/Bulimia: Diseases. Anyone who sees anything noble or desirable about them is already afflicted.

Death Penalty: I have no moral problems with it, but in the USA at this point in time, it is a waste of public funds; it is simpler and cheaper to sentence convicts to “death by attrition” (life imprisonment without parole).

Abstinence: Two quotes from science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein: 1) “Always yield to temptation; it might not pass your way again.” 2) “Everything to excess! To get the full flavor of life, take big bites. Moderation is for monks.” And I will add to that my own paraphrase of the motto on a sword from one of Heinlein’s books: “While we live, let us live emphatically.”


Is it best to be honest all the time or are there certain times when its morally justified to lie? I once took a vow of total honestly, and violated it only twice in five years. Honesty sucks. The truth is brutal and usually unpleasant, and is often best buried without trace. HOWEVER… This has nothing to do with trying to avoid responsibility. It is absolutely wrong to lie for the purpose of avoiding responsibility for one’s action. It is absolutely wrong to tell the truth to someone who really does not want to know. And it is wrong to tell the truth when the truth will cause nothing but pain. Examples: 1) When a woman asks her husband, “Does this make me look fat?”, the answer is ALWAYS, “No.” It is not necessary to look (or even be in the same room) before replying. 2) A soldier who dies in combat ALWAYS dies heroically, even when he blew his own head off by accidentally pulling the pin from a grenade while trying to pull his pants back on after defecating. Truth is brutal and often cruel.

What is the meaning of life? There is no intrinsic meaning of life; it’s strictly DYO. Your worth as a human being is dependent on the things you choose to imbue with meaning.


5 Favorite Movies: Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Lord of the Rings (ALL), The Matrix (ONLY), The Princess Bride

5 Favorite group/bands: Atlanta Rhythm Section, Bruce Willis, Heather Alexander, Tom Smith, JS Bach

5 Favorite books: The Lord of the Rings, The MacAuslan Chronicles, Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers, Neverwhere, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency


Where did you find out about this community? Anonymous invitation.

Have you been to a rating community before? No.

You don't need to include one, but it would be nice if you could include at least 2 pictures! (See the icons in my user profile…)

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