Another questionable thing by Robert Aronson, vespinfeebler at gmail dot com

Last Updated: June 28, 2019
Septem Calendar: 11th Month 6, 12


Okay, a bit about myself, so you can have some idea of what you're getting into on this website.

So here I am, an American guy in his late 30's.

First and foremost, I'm a believer in Jesus Christ. I take the presence of God in my daily life very seriously, and nothing (I hope) is more important to me than him.

My theology could essentially be described with three words and one phrase: Protestant, American, Evangelical, and "theologically conservative". But I hold to some ideas and beliefs that hardline people among most of those categories might consider unorthodox, even if they probably wouldn't kick me out of their churches for them.

One of those beliefs is that Protestants ought to consider the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches as sufficiently orthodox to be called such, and this despite their adherence to certain beliefs and practices that virtually every Protestant would find, at best, uncomfortable to watch in action. But to explain why I hold this view is beyond the scope of this text.

Anyway, my faith in Christ has me in a church quite a few times a week. I attend Bible studies and the like, and this is where almost my entire social life comes from. One of the real joys in my life is good Christian fellowship! In fact, the pastor of my home church has even hired me as his assistant, and pays me to be this. But note, I'm not an assistant pastor, but a pastor's assistant. The difference is important. I am not an ordained minister, or even an elder of my church. However, my pastor is mentoring me for ministry, and that definitely seems like the career I've been headed toward for many years now.

I'm also a person who has always had a keen interest in video games. I've been playing them since I was five years old in the late 1980's, and I doubt I will ever stop playing them. The hobby simply seems to be in my blood! In fact, one of my biggest dreams in life is to design and develop a game or two that sees at least moderate success.

But please note, after my college years I lost nearly all my interest in competitive games, and even then they weren't high on my list. I much prefer games with a lot of narrative, memorable characters, a compelling atmosphere, and interesting or exciting gameplay.

I'm also a big fan of Star Trek pre-Abrams, and Star Wars pre-Disney. However, I admittedly did love the Disney film Rogue One, and I didn't dislike the Abrams Trek films.

I do wish the prequel Wars trilogy and the Clone Wars TV show had been very different, but oh well. It took many years, but I've learned to appreciate them.

You might be surprised to learn that I'm pretty "meh" about superhero films and TV shows. I don't dislike them on principle, but I don't like them on principle either. I usually find them enjoyable enough, but I'm no fanboy. I've always found the concept of costumed superheroes rather silly, to be honest. And their patchwork, convoluted universes are generally no less silly to me. There are some cool ideas here and there, though.

When it comes to Japanese animation (anime), I'll confess that I used to be obsessed with it. From the ages of 14 to 23 I was all over the stuff. I practically lived and breathed it. But eventually the time came when it wasn't so new and exotic anymore, and I kept seeing the same tropes and cliches over and over. Anime greatly diminished in my heart, and while these days I still have a nostalgic soft spot for it, I rarely watch it anymore.

Seeing as I'm on the subject of geekery, I might as well mention that I've not seen a single episode of Game of Thrones. I was put off by the large amount of pornography I knew it featured, and now all these years later I'm quite happy I never watched it anyway. I know that the wildly gratuitous sexual content was toned down a bit after the first couple of seasons, but even so, I have no desire to watch a show in which there isn't really any good guy, and is otherwise just an endless parade of character death. I can only imagine that George R.R. Martin is a kind of sadist. The show didn't even bother to end well. Do I have some regret for missing out? A little, admittedly. But it doesn't seem to be a big loss.

The only other hobby worth mentioning is tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs), such as the famous (or infamous) Dungeons & Dragons. I spent almost a decade hoarding and studying rulebooks for many of these games, but I rarely actually played them. I ended up giving away nearly all my RPG books! I've bought a handful over the years since, but it's become a very casual hobby at best, and it virtually never sees me playing anything, only reading.

I did, however, create my own rules system. Maybe someday I'll actually find enough people who not only want to use it with me, but are also all free at the same time.

I've been through a lot, emotionally, in my life. There are quite a few scars on my heart from many years of severe depression, severe addiction, an anxiety disorder, and more. But by the wonderful and life-giving grace of God I move farther and farther from these things every day! The worst addictions are gone, and the depression I deal with today is minor compared to what it used to be. Inwardly speaking, I'm barely the same person I was in the mid-aughts. My life is a testimony to the glory of God through Jesus Christ, because I'm a walking miracle of God's sanctifying power!

But there's still a long way to go. I struggle with anxiety, insomnia, a lower spine that shocks people to see in x-rays, and a work resume that many years of dysfunction has rendered pretty much useless. This is especially true for someone nearing 40 who's suffering from the aforementioned issues. Because of these things I've yet to get my feet on the ground making a real living. I've never made a wage even remotely close enough to live on.

So there you have it! Now you know a lot more about Some Guy on the Internet. :)

More about my Christian background can be read in the Handbook for Christians.


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