Man, 74, California, USA
‘Open to meeting women’ means:
For sharing ideas, conversation and comparing perspectives.
Personally meeting some showing mutual interest in cultivating friendship and social activities. There is no sexual or 'relationship' agenda.
Only a possibility of exclusive intimacy eventuating, should one in particular become special;. Don't count on it because the 'last train' has probably already left the station. But it doesn't hurt to keep an ear open for a distant whistle..
So, for women in my age range still seeking ‘that one’ as sole motivation for screening, it is vital to point out that I’m not him.
I’m leaving the ‘off feet sweeping’ and hip attachment to other generations.
I RARELY 'do' rituals; avoiding them as much as possible. No holidays no prayers or praise singing or pledges. I wear no jewelry as it is also meaningless. I reject not only theological herd identity but ALL GROUP IDENTITY over which control and choice can be exercised.
Wealth is highly over-rated. I don't seek it, don't possess it, am not impressed by it and don't hold it in any special regard. It is just another potentially addictive concept.
Personal work background:
All FOH restaurant operations, unskilled labor, sales, modeling for print, fashion and commercials, voice-over, graphic and electrical sign design, volunteer and civic volunteer work.
Eclectic interests don't include spectator sports, mechanical devices, typical guy crap or objectification of women. I love women, not as hobbies, sports, pets or flavors as in ice cream; but with awe and appreciation for the fact that they are better specimens, in general, of our 'kind' and in more ways superior to males; save a few specialized male abilities often misused.
I believe in parity in reaching out. Any female expecting me to pursue beyond positive reciprocals will have a long wait; whether in social friendship or more intimate interest.
Most important friendship elements are personal integrity, mutual respect and appreciation of differences as well as commonalities. Love of self as the people we are today and will become tomorrow. Last but not least, kindness and respect for integrity of other living things human and non.
Favorite historical figures are social and scientific pioneers who were unappreciated and misunderstood in their times.
One was Wilhelm Reich, M.D. Two favorite quotations from him:
"Love, work and knowledge are the wellsprings of our life. They should also govern it."
“In the act of thought, life comprehends its own essence.”
I see rejection of androcratic theologies and gods as only a first step toward independence of thought.
Our overseers have more than one home. What's called politics differs little from religion; being dominated by this world, faith-based ‘parties’ masquerading as secular.
Theology promises 'pie in the sky'. Political fanaticism 'pie on earth'. One worships invisible gods above and the other, tin-god personalities and functionally identical ideologies below.
One offers group identities based on denominations; the other ideological. Price of membership for both is identical.
You need only abdicate intellectual autonomy in exchange for packaged opinions (read faith) shared as 'your own' product.
There is small progress in rejecting theology if we cling to it's social artifacts, rituals or equally false alternative faith systems. Counterfeit 'faith' never actually delivers the pie... Blind followers are like Alice in Wonderland:
“There is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday—but never jam to-day.”
“It must come sometimes to ‘jam to-day,’” Alice objected.
“No, it can’t,” said the Queen. “It’s jam every other day: to-day isn’t any other day, you know”
― Lewis Carroll
Atheists surendering to unexamined theologically rooted social mores, or to partisan doctrines of the political Left or Right are COMEDIC; especially when ridicule of believers is alleged to be the result of THEIR independent thinking.