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Me – the small print

 

I wrote this two years ago. Since then I have gained new followers, and some may have missed it. I would hate readers to be under any illusions about the man and writer behind Romantic Dominant.

 

Some followers on WordPress and Twitter are surprised and disappointed when I express political or general opinions, outside of what they ‘expect’ from me. A number unfollowed me today after my recent tweet mocking the ludicrous idea that more guns make for a safer society.

Rather than you all unfollow me in an untidy fashion as you realise that I am not quite what you expected, I have decided to post this ‘small print’ about me, so all those who wish to take offence at my beliefs can disappear at once. I am certain there is something in here to upset most people but I do feel obliged to come clean about the man behind the writer.

I am white, male, English and middle-aged.
I am a socialist.
I am an atheist.
I am not poor (or particularly rich) by UK standards, and certainly not poor by world standards.
I would rather live in a poor, caring, fair society than a rich, uncaring, unfair one.
I believe all lives, whoever, wherever, are equal.
I believe all human beings have a right to food, water, and shelter
I believe we are all responsible for the safety and well-being of the children of the world.
I abhor discrimination by race, country of origin, sex (in the widest possible sense), age, religion (even though I am an atheist) and I abhor discrimination due to (lack of) wealth or education.
I abhor misogyny and the oppression and abuse of women in all societies
I abhor discrimination against those who face mental or physical challenges, or who are simply not like the ‘norm’.
I believe it is totally unacceptable that 1% of the world’s population own 50% of the world’s wealth, and that the gap between rich and poor globally is widening.
I think capitalism without morality has failed the majority
I hate the cult of money, and also the cult of celebrity.
I despise fervent nationalism or tribalism because it seldom leads to good outcomes. Flags should be reserved for sporting events.

There is probably more, but I am as bored with writing this as you probably are with reading it. Those who have decided to leave have probably left. There is more about me here and here if you can be bothered.

Please exit quietly. Hopefully some will remain.

.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Fabian Perez

 

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2020 in politics, Still Life

 

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Me – The ‘small print’

 

Some followers on WordPress and Twitter are surprised and disappointed when I express political or general opinions, outside of what they ‘expect’ from me. A number unfollowed me today after my recent tweet mocking the ludicrous idea that more guns make for a safer society.

Rather than you all unfollow me in an untidy fashion as you realise that I am not quite what you expected, I have decided to post this ‘small print’ about me, so all those who wish to take offence at my beliefs can disappear at once. I am certain there is something in here to upset most people but I do feel obliged to come clean about the man behind the writer.

I am white, male, English and middle-aged.
I am a socialist.
I am an atheist.
I am not poor (or particularly rich) by UK standards, and certainly not poor by world standards.
I would rather live in a poor, caring, fair society than a rich, uncaring, unfair one.
I believe all lives, whoever, wherever, are equal.
I believe all human beings have a right to food, water, and shelter
I believe we are all responsible for the safety and well-being of the children of the world.
I abhor discrimination by race, country of origin, sex (in the widest possible sense), age, religion (even though I am an atheist) and I abhor discrimination due to (lack of) wealth or education.
I abhor misogyny and the oppression and abuse of women in all societies
I abhor discrimination against those who face mental or physical challenges, or who are simply not like the ‘norm’.
I believe it is totally unacceptable that 1% of the world’s population own 50% of the world’s wealth, and that the gap between rich and poor globally is widening.
I think capitalism without morality has failed the majority
I hate the cult of money, and also the cult of celebrity.
I despise fervent nationalism or tribalism because it seldom leads to good outcomes. Flags should be reserved for sporting events.

There is probably more, but I am as bored with writing this as you probably are with reading it. Those who have decided to leave have probably left. There is more about me here and here if you can be bothered.

Please exit quietly. Hopefully some will remain.

.

.

© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Art by Fabian Perez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Still Life

 

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Real

 

I am not a shadow

nor an invention

nor a character created

for a virtual life

to inhabit scenarios

of make-believe

role play

and pretend.

.

I am not a projection

a fantasy

a construction

of someone

I would like to be.

.

I am not just

an avatar

I am corporeal

of flesh and blood

a heart that pumps

a mind that thinks.

A hunger

that burns.

.

And if I should play

a game

in any way

in any context

it is always

for real.

.

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© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

Written and posted this time last year. Still true.

Art by Jack Vettriano

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in Poetry, Still Life

 

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Something about me

Art by Fabian Perez

It has been said that I have a tendency to be aloof,

That I reveal little of myself, my beliefs, my other interests, my life. That I do not truly engage on here, and never at all on Twitter,. That I have no Facebook, or Instagram, or Snapchat, or whatever the current de rigueur social media requirement is.

And that I excuse such perverse anonymity by hiding behind the statement that I am a very private man. Which is true.

Yet I have considered revealing more. And I will.

I will begin with music. Because I can often add a narrative. or a reason why something touches me. Perhaps use it as backdrop to events that took place or are yet to unfold.

My musical tastes are broad. Music has been with me all my life. A constant soundtrack. I like everything from Rock to Classical, from Opera to Blues, from Indie to Americana, from Latin to African, from Opera to Reggae, from Torch to Soul, from Singer-songwriter to Jazz, from Ambient to Hip hop – and on and on forever.

It is easier to say what I don’t like. I don’t like factory produced pop music, that has no substance or truth. I don’t like misogynist rap that denigrates women and espouses violence. And I despise Paul McCartney.

Here, in what will be a regular feature on my blog, is just one track from thousands I could have chosen. It is not my favourite. I could never claim any to be that. It is simply the first one that popped into my head while I was writing this.

Perhaps it was ‘Sex’ and ‘Fire’ in the title.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Music, Still Life

 

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