Well now. After re-reading mine, I'm feeling so-not-very anti-authoritarian and that puts me out of sorts with myself (more than usual!).
Maybe people are interpreting what "About me" is for? I didn't see it as "O MAH LAWD, DA MAN MAKETH ME!!1" so much as "This is a rough sketch since you can't see and don't have the luxury of striking up conversation on the street with me" sort of thing.
I'm going to go change mine to: quasi-enigmatist. Mass cool points, right?! :P
My response was short when I first signed up here -- I just put "I'm an Atheist", because it says you have to be approved first. I was new and didn't know anyone on the site yet -- but, as I became more comfortable on the site I elaborated on my information.
However, I am also not a sheep and don't like being told what to do. So I guess I do reject authority, but I can't speak for all Atheists. Love the Lolcat you chose for the discussion!
I just joined a few months ago, and I think it is very difficult to fill out these types of questions before you get a sense of the community. Also, if people live in areas where they may be treated differently because of their non-beliefs, they may be a bit wary to go full steam ahead.
I also think, as a bunch, we're so diverse in the other areas of our lives. You sentiments, which I agree with, reminded me of an article I read years ago about an anarchists' picnic. One person brought beans, and everyone else brought paper plates. ;-) Sometimes a little information is just helpful.
Ruth, thank you for this topic. I hope what I say here will help others.
I recently told a retired Naval officer I distinguish between authoritarian and authoritative. He'd said he had experienced authoritarianism at the Naval Academy. He came around to my POV.
Is a double-dose of authoritarianism possible?
Yes. My "old-world-father-is-god, duty-driven ethnic German" dad sent his kids to Catholic schools.
In college I rebelled intellectually against religion. I visited the student atheist club where the people I heard were themselves in rebellion. With more certainty than this mathematics major had, they were denying the existence of deities. I chose agnosticism and greatly increased my freedom and my happiness.
In my work (computers) I was an independent contractor; I liked the work and did well.
Happily for children and for me, during a seven-year marriage I chose to have none. For different but related reasons, my wife chose similarly.
I rebelled emotionally between 41 and 45 (in my teens I'd feared a rebellion's consequences). My rebellion resulted in the best thing that happened in my life: several years in hardball politics where the experts metaphorically took my head off and handed it to me. I retired early and spent 15 years researching and writing for publication on democracy.
My sibs partly rebelled; before my dad died he knew we had all left Catholicism. I told my sibs the Tom they'd grown up with had died, which totally puzzled them.
After fifty years of seeing no evidence for deities, I gave the issue some more thought and climbed down from the agnostic's fence.
Still, nothing fires me up like authoritarianism. I'm a "First Amendmentarian".
I'm still in rebellion; as Brits do and as I did just above, when periods (full stops) belong outside quotes, I place them there.
From lust I came; to dust I will go.
This Yank sees Brit prose online but doesn't know the rule(s).
I tease Brits about learning to spell "favor". (I "done" it again.)
I enjoy "Why Don't the English...." from that too-traditional Lerner-Loewe "My Fair Lady".
I was taught to put punctuation outside of quotes as well, in public school and in college English courses (I am Canadian). I didn't know Americans wrote punctuation differently.
Our Thomas Jefferson, allegedly because he wanted to demonstrate our independence from England, changed a rule of Parliament.
He wasn't thinking. From Parliament's "Buy at a low price and sell at a high price" and increase the nation's wealth, he produced our "Buy at a high price and sell at a low price" and go broke. Happily, it's a rarely-used procedure known as filling a blank.