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here ya be... [May. 20th, 2004|02:39 pm]



Name:David Micheal Alder
Sex:(yes please) Male
Hobbies/interests:Music, writing, LJ, Movies, and various other commonly mentioned things that are mere superficialities at this point. See my User Info page, if you really wanna know.

A) 5-10 top favorite bands with a brief description:

311 - By far one of the most inventive bands of our day, successfully intermingling such musical genres as rap, reggae, hip hop, funk, and latin.

Santana - Classic latin/blues group that has influenced much of our modern groups. Carlos Santana is arguably one of the greatest lead and blues guitarists of any age.

Pink Floyd - The GODS of progressive rock. No one could ever match their musical creativity and emotionally charged lyrics/riffs without either getting entirely fucked up on H, or worse; losing their sanity in the process. Pure musical genius.

Early Elton John, (before he went all "adult contemporary" on us) - One of the most versatile performers both vocally and instrumentally.

Soundgarden/Chris Cornell - Not only were they one of the most influential bands of our day, but they were also geniuses off stage. While being Ivy League graduates with degrees in subjects like Microbiology, they were never the 'conformist' types, either in their music, or in life. Chris cornell has one of the most soulful voices ever. Plain and simple.

David Bowie - Strange is his calling card, and inventive is his MO. With a voice that sounds like he could use some lozenges from the harsh mistreating of his vocal range and abilities, pushing them beyond their physical limits, he managed for over 20 years to be one of the most sought after Gods of Rock. Without a classification to his style, he has been an artist without boundaries.

L) top 5 albums of all time: this is moot, because any of the above bands' albums would fall into this category for me, hands down.

B) 5 favorite books/authors including at least one nonfiction selection:

Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkien

Man's Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl

The Plague, Albert Camus

Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

Zen Teachings of the Great Mountain, Taizan Maezumi Roshi

Tao of Pooh, (I forgot his name... been years Ben something).

The Andromeda Strain, Michael Crichton

C) 5 favorite films/directors/writers:

D) Any favorite comedians?
Drew Carey
Emo Philips
Bill Cosby (old stuff)
Ellen Degeneres

E) Favorite Artists? Why? What medium do they work in?
My Father: he's a great singer, and also a great photographer.
Ian Mckellen: one of the most passionate actors that has gone TOO FAR unnoticed for his contributions, prior to LOTR, to stage/film acting .
My best friend Matt: Vocalist and keyboards for the local band Sigma 6.

F) 5 great things that have come out of TEXAS: "Steers and queers..." no, um... Texans for one, beef, oil... um, I'm really unfamiliar with Texas. Forgive me on this one. I do know that there's a certain guy there that I happen to like. Is that enough?

Question Forum: Try to answer at least 5 of the following with explanations as to why you have chosen that viewpoint... Convince me.

1) Abortion: pro-choice or pro-life? (legally and personally)
*It should only be allowed under the circumstances of rape, incest, or possible life-threatening situations of mother vs baby. Needless killing of any kind is evil, because any other situation basically is an expression of the selfishness and cruelty of those who just "don't want the baby". Adoption is available to willing and waiting parents who couldn't have children any other way.

2) Gay marriages:
*The basis of making Gay marriages illegal is based upon Judeo-Christian dogmas, and shouldn't be forced upon those who do not believe in such doctrines, on any level. To do so is counter to the Constitution, and the God-given rights of every human being on this Earth.
Let them marry.

5) War in general:
*When global community standards, or ground rules are broken (human rights, etc), and the guilty refuse to rectify their misdoings, nor even get accountable for what they create (ie; mass slaughter, totalitarian regimes, and so on), then someone should take a stand for the innocent who are being trounced upon, and defend them by ANY MEANS NECESSARY. But coming to the point of using such measures (war) should also be avoided at all costs, if it is possible.

7) The Lakers:(Specifically Shaq or Kobe) What about the Yankees?(specifically A-rod or Jeter)
*Professional sports are the single greatest whoring-out of our free time that we could possibly conceive, because, why on EARTH would we want to PAY these whiny primadonnas millions of dollars to do something so inane as basketball?

9) If you HAD to fuck an animal, what animal would you choose?
*Definitely a dog: a female Great Dane, but don't read too much into that.

11) Drugs? Legitimacy of legalities, penalties, dangers, etc. go to town with it.
Making drugs into a legal business is a subject that I've discussed before, and I tend to agree with certain points, however, I think I've more than fulfilled your requirements to this point, and I would like to save such a discussion for a later date.

Oh, and I almost forgot... I told my sister here:

Here are my pictures:


[User Picture]From: burninglotus
2004-06-13 11:27 pm (UTC)
Disclaimer: I hope we're maintaining an emotional separatism as we debate this issue...

But my question is, since when does our fulfillment depend upon expressing emotional/sexual feelings with someone of the opposite or even same sex? For that matter, since when does fulfillment come from anything outside of ourselves?

If I'm accurate, I could sum up your entire arguement based on this single idea: "To deny our own impulses, is to deny that which makes us human..." Right? If that's so, then here's the major flaw; we've all had moments in our deepest caverns of depression where we were suicidal... an impulse to off ourselves. Or when intoxicated with a raging anger that won't subside, homicidal thoughts creep in and you barely contain yourself. Or the temptaion to steal something when you really, REALLY want that certain "thing", but you have no money, and no one would see. What is it that stops us from following through?

The most important thing that I've learned in the last few years is a concept that so few truly "get"... I am not what I do! My behavior does not equal David! My abilities do not equal me! That's why choice is called an absolute power.

Now if you've weighed the options... the cost of living one life versus another, carefully annotated in your mind the "expenses" of one choice versus another, and have made your choice based upon what will ultimately be best for you, and you are absolutely clear that you choose the one over the other purely out of what is going to produce the best results for you - perhaps not on the short-term, but you feel it would be for the overall good - then how could you ever feel bad about making such a decision? Only if your decision was tainted by the influence of others, and you weren't clear that it was really YOU deciding... then it would be contrary to who you are. You'd be selling out. But to make a moral decision which includes the following context; if you do "A", then the inevitable consequences shall follow, and you do not wish those consequences to come about, then it's still a valid choice, whether you like the choice having to be made or not.

Here's my summation: In my belief, God has already established a system of ground rules to follow. When I was baptized I had given my word that I would follow them, and if I didn't, then the consequences would follow. But since I also happen to have an attraction towards men, and have a stronger physiological response to sexual stimuli from men, this presents a paradox... a moral dilemma. Do I do what seems "natural" or do I value my honor enough to keep my word no matter what. Either way I'd have an inevitable hole in my life. And if it came down to an eternal ultimatum of sorts; choose to value my word and follow God, or choose to abandon everything that I've stood for for so long, just so I can have a fleeting release of sexual tension with another man, It'd be by far one of the most difficult decisions I'd ever have to make. And doesn't that posision deserve a little support?

I know this is long... and I'm sorry, but I've really hit something here.

What really irks me is when there are members of the gay community who've known fully well about my position, and have refused to support me in making a decision to live a straight lifestyle. They say that I'd be wasting my time and energy and so forth. It goes on and on. Initially they talk about being helpful and supportive to ANY of those who're questioning their sexuality, but if someone comes to nearing or even making the decision that they will remain straight, that person's support vanishes quicker than any metaphor could illustrate. It's that kind of heartless, biased "support" that makes things so hurtful, similar to when straight conservative parents hear their son/daughter is deciding the gay lifestyle, all support ususally seems to vanish the same way. Not always, but far too often.

What I'm saying is, whether or not it seems to be the "natural" way or the "best" way... why can't we just support each other in such a complex and emotionally charged issue, instead of disappearing the moment someone decides to live in a way that is (at least cosmetically) counter to what we believe to be best?
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[User Picture]From: grodeetoe
2004-06-14 11:16 am (UTC)
Now if you've weighed the options... the cost of living one life versus another, carefully annotated in your mind the "expenses" of one choice versus another, and have made your choice based upon what will ultimately be best for you, and you are absolutely clear that you choose the one over the other purely out of what is going to produce the best results for you - perhaps not on the short-term, but you feel it would be for the overall good - then how could you ever feel bad about making such a decision?

i see how that works i suppose. i do. but i believe that thingsjust happen and they all happen for a reason. i don't question things that happen. i don't question feelings. and i don't plan for things like this. i think that you are who you are. you can't choose who you are. you can change certain aspects about yourself. do some fine tuning, but ultimately you are who you are.

also, you are not what you do. that's true. but who you are is going to decide what you do, is it not? the two are related. if you are a thief, then you'll steal. if you're a gay, you'll have sex with another gay. it happens. your actions are a part of you. because who you are is what motivates your actions.

i also don't understand why god would give someone feelings if they weren't meant to be felt. (have you seen saved! yet?) i just don't think god would have done that to me. i would hope not. i'm gonna have to go call him now.

you know, other people's sexuality really is there business and it doesn't matter whose screwing who or what in a friendship whatever thing. i just don't understand how people can choose to be this or that because i believe that people just are what they are. you're particular situation (and that of many others) is different because of a blief system you have in place that i can respect, but not ever fully understand.
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