02 July 2005

What kind of humanist are you? They say I am a haymaker

I took the quiz at the New Humanist and was declared to be a "haymaker", whatever that means.

Haymaker


You are one of life’s enjoyers, determined to get the most you can out of your brief spell on Earth. Probably what first attracted you to atheism was the prospect of liberation from the Ten Commandments, few of which are compatible with a life of pleasure. You play hard and work quite hard, have a strong sense of loyalty and a relaxed but consistent approach to your philosophy.

You can’t see the point of abstract principles and probably wouldn’t lay down your life for a concept though you might for a friend. Something of a champagne humanist, you admire George Bernard Shaw for his cheerful agnosticism and pursuit of sensual rewards and your Hollywood hero is Marlon Brando, who was beautiful, irascible and aimed for goodness in his own tortured way.

Sometimes you might be tempted to allow your own pleasures to take precedence over your ethics. But everyone is striving for that elusive balance between the good and the happy life. You’d probably open another bottle and say there’s no contest.


To set the record straight, I don't admire George Bernard Shaw; as a matter of fact, I haven't read anything he wrote. Nor do I have any Hollywood heros. Also, the Ten Commandments had nothing to do with the development of my present beliefs.

What kind of humanist are you? Click here to find out.

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