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November 15, 2005

Another Quiz - This One Found My Love Of La Dolce Vita

Evidently, this quiz tapped into my erotic literary and cooking pursuits, as well as my love of good food, good chocolate, good wine, and clove cigarettes. The only thing I'd take issue with is the claim that I like Marlon Brando. He does nothing for me. However, I do like George Bernard Shaw. Swiped from Pharyngula, who is a Hardhat, described in part as "an atheist, a rationalist, a believer in the triumph of science and of reason over libido." That suits him.


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.

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

Posted on November 15, 2005 at 03:12 PM | Permalink


I'm a "Handholder"..."You go out of your way to build bridges with people of different views and beliefs and have quite a few religious friends. You believe in the essential goodness of people , which means you’re always looking for common ground even if that entails compromises. You would defend Salman Rushdie’s right to criticise Islam but you’re sorry he attacked it so viciously, just as you feel uncomfortable with some of the more outspoken and unkind views of religion in the pages of this magazine.

You prefer the inclusive approach of writers like Zadie Smith or the radical Christian values of Edward Said. Don’t fall into the same trap as super–naïve Lib Dem MP Jenny Tonge who declared it was okay for clerics like Yusuf al–Qaradawi to justify their monstrous prejudices as a legitimate interpretation of the Koran: a perfect example of how the will to understand can mean the sacrifice of fundamental principles. Sometimes, you just have to hold out for what you know is right even if it hurts someone’s feelings."

My Aunt Fanny! How did I get THAT. I'm mean and oblivious to anyone else's feelings. Essential goodness, HAH!

Posted by: San Francisco Knitter at Nov 16, 2005 10:54:17 AM

Despite being sorry that fine people presume you have to be an atheist to be a humanist or enjoy life, I took the test; I'm apparently a Haymaker.
I'm glad the quiz brought up Marx's famous adage about religion as the opiate of the masses. It always make me think two things: firstly, ol' man Marx himself admitted that religion was also the heart of a heartless world; secondly, what so damn bad about opiates, anyway?

Posted by: DP_in_SF at Nov 17, 2005 7:40:32 PM