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Arokh from Drakan.

Duh.

Gawd I miss that game!
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Overpopulation. Seven billion people is about seven billion too many humans on this planet.

But I'd settle for our population dropping to one billion. That alone would help ameliorate most of the problems (as I see them) our planet is facing. It's probably too late to reverse climate change though.
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To not be in constant pain.

But since that isn't possible, I'd go for a full checkup for my car, as it's nearing 150k miles. Servicing a VW can be EXPENSIVE.
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My horses in my backyard, big kitchen, garden and Brian.
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No. There is no such thing as the "fundamental goodness of humankind".
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I did move! I'm made aggravated and grumpy by hot sunny days. Clouds make me more energetic and cheerful — so I moved to Portland, Oregon! So far the weather has been superb.
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I haven't wanted children since... forever. When I was a kid, I hated children. At that time, having children was an inevitability (hello social programming!) I thought I HAD to face. It honestly made me sick to think about it for as long as I can remember, and was the major reason I told everyone "I don't want to grow up". Whenever I saw drugs or foods that had "do not consume while pregnant" my heart would do a happy little skip and I would store the item away in my mind so I could consume whatever it was in gallons when my inevitable pregnancy happened so I could kill the parasite. Since my childhood, my basic desire never to have kids has never wavered or changed. My first boyfriend in high school wanted bushels of kids and would talk about it endlessly. I would smile, feel uncomfortable, and change the subject. Then someone I was sorta-friends with (in the group I hung out with) got pregnant. At 16. It was at this point I realized I would do ANYTHING to prevent being pregnant and having biological children. The whole situation disgusted me.

After that I have faced harassment, job discrimination, and the general annoyance of having people tell me that I don't know what I want. I even have a standing $1000 bet with someone (an older man) that says I will want children before I am 32 years old. Hmm, that doesn't sound like me, does it? I will acknowledge it has made me resentful, bitter, and angry over time (especially after the employment discrimination/harassment episodes, which were BAD). But it is also uplifting realizing that society DOES NOT force me to do something I absolutely loathe. It wants to, however. I has been incredibly difficult - the childfree face incredible discrimination and misunderstanding in our day-to-day lives.

I'm all for a healthy debate, but if you gave absolutely no thought to your decision to have human tadpoles, DON'T criticize me for having spent my whole life knowing and thinking about this issue. I have other, MORE IMPORTANT things I want from my life. Having children is a CHOICE. And just because I have a uterus, it does not mean I like babies.

As for the other half of the question, I have been dating a man for 5 years who I guarantee had never given the issue of kids much though and had always assumed that he would "have them someday". Pretty soon after I relationship started I informed him that him wanting kids was a deal-breaker and we had a LONG rational discussion about the issue (it's sad that a rational discussion about this can be so surprising). It basically came down to him being a "fence-sitter" without a preference either way. As our relationship has progressed he has leaned more and more towards being childfree - his personality just doesn't suit having children anyway. And before you ask, we are on the marriage track, but if he changed his mind and said he wanted kids TOMORROW, he's gone. It would be sad, but there is no compromising on this issue with me. I'm fine with him being less hardcore than I am, though.
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I'm of two minds. On the one hand, people should be allowed to screw themselves up if that's what they want. Unfortunately, people that can't be trusted to take care of themselves, also can't be trusted to take care of strangers. If it is legalized, there will be more people with DUIs, and more young people killing their brain cells (read the studies - marijuana has been shown to decease neural connections in the brain for people under 50). What this world DOES NOT need is more stupid people.

I have also seen what smoking pot has done to my sister, and it's not pretty. In fact, it's disgusting and I often feel that I lost her to the drug.

All in all I probably fall on the side of not legalizing, or legalizing and regulating heavily (and imposing an age limit like 21).
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I would say money, though the real answer would more likely be: having a job that pays for everything I need and some of what I want and that also satisfies me intellectually and allows me time to do the things I enjoy (ie. writing, horses...).

So, yes money, because if I had unlimited money I could BUY the things that lead to my ideal lifestyle. As far as being happy though, I think I'd need to be satisfied with my part in its creation.

Law school is a big part of the "work" I plan to do to overcome this. I know it's going to be difficult, and I'm going to have to overcome obstacles that I have avoided for a LONG time, but I have a good feeling the result will take me one step closer to satisfaction.

And what is my ideal lifestyle?

I can see myself working a good portion of my time as a hardcore lawyer, and some time writing fiction novels--both of which I would do mostly from home (telecommute!) so that I could watch over my "farm". My farm would be the 40+ acres, some of which I've turned into a small-scale rescue for older horses. My plans actually involve facilities that can handle about 15 horses--5 rescues or so, potentially 5 personal horses or "permenant residents" (I figure I will never have more than 3 REALLY to myself) and 5 boarder's horses. These guys would mostly be outside, fenced behind REAL fencing and with access to awesome shelter. I'd like an arena and access to awesome trails either on my property or off in the wilderness somewhere so I can easily train to ride endurance. I'd like to be fairly close to the ocean.
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A baby and all the noises they make.

It literally make my skin crawl to hear a baby crying/laughing/gurgling. Good thing I'm not having one!
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[Error: unknown template qotd]I don't really know how to be fashionable when it comes to girl's clothing. Ask me what the newer styles for guys are and I'd have a clue, but I never really learned how to be a girl. For me I'm not someone who likes wearing baggy clothes for comfort all the time. I prefer to show off my awesome boobs with a neat T-shirt and jeans (which I guess still counts as comfortable). I am such a tomboy.

Also, my UNTAMED bird wants to spend time with me today, apparently. By sitting on my head and alternating between singing happily and pecking me. This makes me happy!
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[Error: unknown template qotd]First off, only spotted hyena females have penises (one species out of several), the field mice sleeping northwest is a myth, and kangaroos don't even walk, they 'hop'.

That being said, nature is not "weird". Weird is a construct of the human mind. Everything that goes on in nature is that way because of millions, no BILLIONS, of years of tinkering and rebirth and evolution and complex relationships between communities. Nature is fascinating.

What's weird is human-people, and how they think they exist separate from the world that made them. Other people's responses to this prove my theory.
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Take lots of photographs of everything you can think of. Take so many that you start to see the world in snapshots--you will begin to notice beautiful, striking and terrible things where you never thought to look before. Photography is the art of finding sublimity in the everyday and the far away and normally untouchable.
-Marie

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