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***Updated 5-19-6: Here's another stab at a brief description of myself. For a fuller description, feel free to read the giant bio below. This is what I wrote in my MySpace description of myself: "Geek Errant, Crusader, Monk, Wannabe Superhero, and Sometime Martyr (in my own mind)." That's a good description. I also removed the line in my big bio about planning a move to the PacNW. I am living in Dallas now. This is my home. This is where I will buy my house, get married, and raise my family.

***Updated 5-6-5: Here is a summary of the humongous bio below, for those who care: I am an introverted, geeky, idealistic, liberal, spiritual, atheistic sometime writer living in Dallas. Cheers. :) ***

***Updated 5-5-5: An explanation of my screen name: "Janus" is the Roman god of the doorway; he has two faces looking in opposite directions. It means I consider myself good at seeing both sides of an issue. "Shadowsong" I chose because sometimes in the past when I've played Devil's Advocate and taken the other side of a debate (sometimes just for the sake of debate) I would end up defending things a lot of people would consider evil, like the legalization of prostitution, or drugs, and any other vice. (Anyway, I am not nearly as argumentative as I was in my younger days, but the name has stuck around.) I put the two together nearly ten years go, during my "Pagan years." Everyone else had cool pagan names, like Silver Ravenwolf, so I made Janus Shadowsong my pagan name. And that's the story. Exciting, huh.***

Who am I? I am a very quiet, shy guy. I am an INFP, for those who know MB personality types. I scored 100% introverted on the Jung Typology test. My specific personality type presents "a seemingly tranquil, and noticiably pleasant face to the world, and though to all appearances they might seem reserved, and even shy, on the inside they are anything but reserved, having a capacity for caring not always found in other types. They care deeply-indeed, passionately-about a few special persons or a favorite cause, and their fervent aim is to bring peace and integrity to their loved ones and the world."

Who am I? I am politically liberal and idealistic. I believe in a society with both the will and the power to help those who need it. I believe that "society" itself deserves our respect and defense, moreso than the capitalistic corporations who claim to have no duty toward society and every right to exploit it. I embrace the axiom "As long as you harm no one, do as you will." Harming people, or making their lives worse by uncalled-for acts of rudeness, meanness, or pettiness is the only sin that I acknowledge.

I am a subjectivist (to the horror of Ayn Rand devotees) in that I believe there really is no such thing as an objective morality. What is black and white to you may not be so black and white to all people across all cultures across all time. There are two(or more) sides to every issue under the sun, and both sides have merit else no one would champion them. I believe that the only absolute (when it comes to human behavior) is that there are no absolutes. :)

Ethically, I am a humanist. I believe we humans create our own values, and the most important values are those that promote human life and well-being. Morally, I believe that you should harm no one if you can possibly avoid it, respect everyone until you have reason not to, and deceive no one, especially yourself. Introspection, to me, is a great virtue. Always question your beliefs, your intentions, and your motives; understand yourself; find yourself.

I have no religion. I worship no supernatural entity because I don't believe such exists. HOWEVER, I believe there is much about the natural universe that we have not yet learned or explained. I am a skeptic when it comes to the "supernatural", but open-minded and always curious.

I call myself a "spiritual atheist." That may sound like an oxymoron, but it isn't. Spirituality is emotional and psychological resonance with something beyond yourself, whether it is another person, a place, an ideal, or a god. Spirituality is what gives value and meaning to existence. Spirituality is the emotional and psychological core of ourselves. I simply don't believe it has a supernatural(or outside of reality) element to it.

Okay, this bio has gone on too long. What have I left out? I am a geek. I have read a LOT of fantasy and science fiction in my life. I love role playing games and currently belong to a Dungeons & Dragons group. (Yes, D&D. Nerd alert!) I love games of all sorts, actually. Table-top games, specifically, whether a traditional board game, cards, or a war game.

I am also a writer, mostly of "science fantasy"(fantasy with a good rationale), though I haven't written much since moving to Dallas 7 years ago.


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