Well, behind this is a lot of myth. Athens was a democracy, after the end of the Peloponnesian War, and after two oligarchic coups against that democracy, both backed by Socrates. Socrates in general was somewhat of an elitist.
I am not, but the myth of Socrates as gadfly — which was true, to the degree he allegedly (whether actually or not) stung Sophists who were trying to democratize Athenian education — lives on 2,400 years later, and per "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," is worth repeating.
(At left is the second panel in an Existential Comics piece doing an excellent modern skewering.)
That said, I am:
- A relatively serious amateur philosopher, who considers himself a Neo-Cynic; I have also been influenced by Hume, Wittgenstein and, to some degree, the logical positivists, while shaking off Platonism and the myth of Socrates, despite the name of this blog.
- A member of the shrinking, dying, capitalistic, Internet-confounded, Peter-principle heavy news media;
- A secularist of some sort, who choses what particular word or phrase he'll use to define himself based on the situation, and who has written about key issues, such as exposing the philosophical and natural facts about "Intelligent Design";
- A huge aficionado of classical music, with classical including 20th/21st century atonal and even some serial, at one end, and, say, Byzantine music or early Renaissance at the other, not to mention classical music traditions from places like India, outside of Western "classical" music;
- A nature lover, environmentalist, and Green in all senses;
- A scientific skeptic of some sort, but also a philosophical skeptic who recognizes the limits of modern scientific skepticism.
- A semi-professional photographer — professional as part of my journalism history, and semi-professional in quality as far as some of my personal nature photography. See the photo album links on the main page.
More to come!