My name is Andrew, and I am college student in New York City studying politics and philosophy. I have a somewhat slanted view of life; I'd like to think that I look at the world a little differently than everyone else. I am first and foremost a gentleman, frequently a comedian, and a Jewish cowboy through and through. I am also occasionally known as The Bueno Master, but that’s another story. Everything else is just gravy. I consider myself open-minded, but skeptical. As Billy Joe Armstrong might say, I am a walking contradiction: a strange mix between idealistic and realistic, naive and cynical, insecure and overconfident. Basically I'm just me.
I have what is sometimes an admittedly unfair distaste for the mainstream. I value thinking for yourself, and the people who do. I am not a particularly religious man, but being a good person, with all that entails, is very important to me. I do think that treating others as you would have them treat you is a good place to start, if not an exhaustive moral theory. I don’t sweat the small stuff – life’s too short. However, I go to great lengths when it comes to the bigger things in life – love, trust, family, etc. I love my family, wacky bunch though they are; we have fun.
I adore my piano. It’s my favorite toy, my great escape, and my argument against the idea that a possession cannot bring you happiness. I started teaching myself to play around sixteen, and I have not slowed down since. Writing songs is one of the few purely good things in my life. I also enjoy a good meal, a quality game of football, and laughing it up with my friends. I am undoubtedly a reflective person. I do my best not to act rashly, and to consider my actions both before and after the fact. I am a fairly easy going guy, but at times I can be quite stubborn, especially when I’m right. I enjoy politics, and I think that we all have a duty to be informed about what’s going on in our nation, and to a lesser extent the world.
I am constantly amazed at how quickly time flies and I have devised numerous schemes in an effort to slow it down, just a little bit. I’ll let you know if one of them succeeds. I’ve had a good life. I have many things to be thankful for, and I worry that I take too many of them for granted. I think that a having a little bit of comedy is important in anyone’s life. Better to be laughing than crying. In that regard, I make an effort to look on the bright side, though I do not always succeed. I believe strongly in acting honorably, keeping my words, being trustworthy, that sort of thing. I have little tolerance for people who lie to me, and even less for people who betray my trust.
I’d like to change the world someday. It’s a cheesy and cliché goal, I know, and probably a misguided one at that, but it’s something to shoot for. I’m still searching for the meaning of life. In the meantime, I’m here for us to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is. Hopefully I’m doing some good.
My Wikipedia Milestones
|January 1, 2007||My Very First Edit||I kicked off 2007 with a bang! With a Simpsons-related edit, I demonstrated why I would be a big wheel at the cracker factory.|
|May 25, 2007||My Very First pro-Colbert talk page comment||And sadly, it will very likely be my last. I suspect that certain Wikipedia administrators and librarians may be in cahoots, but take heart; they cannot hide the truth forever!
|May 25, 2007||My Very First Blocking||I remember it like it was yesterday. While some refused to listen to my cogent arguments for reinstatement, I was pleasantly surprised when an abundance of administrators saw the light of reason and saw fit to reduce my sentence to a twenty-four hours which was easily served. Remember kids, back up your assertions with good arguments and in turn, eventually good people will listen.|
|May 26, 2007||My Very First Philosophy Edit||What can I say. I wrote my term paper on the conflict between skepticism, foundationalism, and coherentism so the need for clarification jumped out at me. As an aside, I tend to side with the skeptic, although I think the coherentist has some good points as well.|