I guess I can’t avoid this question forever. 🙂 So at the risk of losing 90% of my followers, I’m just over 40.
Thanks for the kind words. I’m actually not an avid reader at all. If I do read, it’s usually non-fiction. I started reading Muhammed Asad’s Road to Mecca a few weeks ago, even though I bought it a few months ago, and I only finished about 20 pages so far.
All my views are really based on personal experience and very little else. I’ve always been at odds with mainstream views since I was a kid, and I guess it rightfully earned me the ‘titles’ that are not so complimentary because I can understand why people would see me as pompous, arrogant, aloof, condescending, and so much more. I’ve actually been called all that and more directly by family, friends and strangers alike.
But trying to be better than others is never what drives me. So I don’t pay much attention to such criticisms unless it’s accompanied by a seemingly sincere attempt to quantify it, in which case I’ll consider it and correct my views/actions if needed.