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Hello-dee-oh. I'm Haku. Nice to meet you, reader. I'm an twenty-year-old male currently in Swansea University, studying English Literature and Creative Writing. In between the usual gaggle of essays and assignments, my usual creative endeavours involve vaguely supernatural stuff (see "Messyphysical" and "Dawn of the Phantus" for more details). As the more astute among you may notice when reading the upcoming list, I like to consider myself as an "enlightened geek" - i.e. I like things like comic books and random sci-fi/action movies, but enjoy anything which throws in a philosophical or religious bent. My current aim in life is to end up making something of a living off writing, one way or another.
"These Are A Few of My Favourite Things..."
Authors: George Orwell, Alan Moore, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Bram Stoker, Aldous Huxley, Mary Shelley, Umberto Eco, William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, Phillip K. Dick, Jack Kerouac.
Poets:William Blake, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas, R.S Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, T.S Eliot.
Books: Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Discworld Series, Dracula, Brave New World, A Clockwork Orange, Frankenstein.
Graphic Novels: Hellboy, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hellblazer, V for Vendetta, The Sandman, The Invisibles, From Hell.
Films: The Matrix Trilogy, the Star Wars series, Hellboy, Constantine, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Nosferatu, Shadow of the Vampire, Shaun of the Dead, Se7en, Van Helsing, The Crow, 28 Days Later, Underworld I + II, Blade I + II (but definitely not the third!), Batman Begins, The Incredibles, Enter the Dragon, Unleashed, and all the old Universal horror movies (as well as any remakes).
Religion: Composite bits of lapsed Anglican Christian (Episcopalian for anyone across the pond), atheist-leaning agnostic, humanist, Unitarian, gnosticism and wannabe Buddhism; with elements of cabbalah, Celtic lore and occultism thrown in for a laugh. Ultimately I believe that religion is very much a personal thing - if you think religion (or a lack thereof) helps you live your life better and allows you to be a more rounded, friendly human being, then good for you! But don't go around trying to shove your version of things down everyone else's throat.
Political Stance: I consider myself to be something of a moderate libertarian, meaning I believe it's entirely up to you what you do in your own home and what you do with your wallet - so long as nobody gets hurt (or badly hurt; after all, some people like BDSM). I believe that although capitalism isn't a particularly fair system and lends itself to lots of monopolies, it's better than anything else devised thus far. I'm a big fan of small-scale mercantile capitalism - though even globe-spanning corporationscan have their occasional benefits. I'm also all for de-centralization and anti-statism, which means bringing control from indifferent bloated bureaucracies back to individual human beings, who are the ONLY real root of sovereignty. Deep down I'm a bit of an anarchist, though in the original sense of the word - "an arkon", meaning "without rulers". I have no time for any individual who professes that they (or the system they espouse) have/has all the answers; whether that's uber-rational Randites, radical Islamists, hardline Dawkinist-atheists, die-hard socialists, bleeding-heart liberals or arrogant conservatives. I'll make up my own damned mind, thank you very much.
"If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind." John Stuart Mill.
"It is man's peculiar duty to love even those who wrong him." - Marcus Aurelius.
"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance." - Socrates.
"It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs." - Aristotle.
"Whence come the highest mountains? I once asked. Then I learned that they came out of the sea. The evidence is written in their rocks and in the walls of their peaks. It is out of the deepest depth that the highest must come to its height." - Frederick Nietzsche, 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra'.
"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." - William Blake.
"When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself." - Bruce Lee.
Magick is the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with will". - Aleister Crowley.
"Ancient cultures did not worship idols. Their god-statues represented ideal states which, when meditated constantly upon, one might aspire to. Science proves there never was a mermaid, blue-skinned Krishna or a virgin birth in physical reality. Yet thought is real, and the domain of thought is the one place where gods inarguably exist, wielding tremendous power. If Aphrodite were a myth and Love only a concept, then would that negate the crimes and kindnesses and songs done in Love's name? If Christ were only ever fiction, a divine Idea, would this invalidate the social change inspired by that idea, make holy wars less terrible, or human betterment less real, less sacred?" - Alan Moore.
Should any of you have hotmail or simply wish to e-mail me concerning fictions, politics or anything else under the sun, I'd be more than happy to hear from you. After all, there's no brain-food like human interaction.
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