Defined by Contradictions

I hate definitions – I hate defining things, people, ideas, music, whatever. I have a saying that I use on occasions “We are defined by our contradictions”. I like that saying because it acknowledges that you can never pidgeon-hole someone, and that nothing is ever clear.

My email signature says:

musician | activist | technologist

This was a crude attempt at refocussing myself, an expression of who I am. They are not the best words, but they do the best they can to describe my contradictions.

I am a person that is poltically active on the left but is also a business owner; a person that writes and plays music, who appreciates jazz to Ani Difranco to Something for Kate to Miles Davis to NIN to U2 to Aphex Twin to Michael Nyman to Bjork to Lamb, and yes, even country sometimes (there’s tonnes of other stuff, but enough for now); someone that knows and is excited by the promise of technology but at the same time abhors the depersonalisation, power constructs, and consumer/fetish nature of it all; a person that appreciates good art-cinema (whatever that means) but also gets a buzz out of watching the footy and (some) hollowood action flicks; a person that is deeply spiritual and appreciates what religions have to offer, but can’t seem to find peace with any one religion, nor find peace with not belonging to one religion.

I have noticed that my blog mostly reflects one part of what it is I do – politics. Don’t quite know how that happened, I think it is because I don’t quite feel I have an outlet for discussing these issues in the “real world”, although I am finding that is changing rapidly.

I do want to expand the content a little – but I’m note sure if I should start up sub-blogs, or just post it all here…

For the moment, I think I’m going to start posting on a little more broad a topic base, or try to at least. Any thoughts, let me know…