A MVWD Averted
I received this e-mail from a guy on Match.com. I had to read it a few times to really grasp its oddness.
My intellectual admiration of the (apparent) you:
I am writing you to inform you of my (intellectual) admiration of you—though admittedly it is based on the statements you made within your profile; still, I don’t believe the statements in your profile are trivial:
“Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride.” Indeed it is.
“I love who I am” wonderful!
“I’m usually the first person to make fun of myself” wonderful! I admire your apparent humility.
“…learning new useless facts…” Are you being facetious? Facts are wonderful things that elucidate one’s reality. I admit some may seem unimportant, but I consider that a matter of perspective and an unrealization of the role they can play within Reality.
“…going to the range…” I admit, this does not cause intellectual admiration, but more like (emotional) validation; I myself have a quasi-ob session with firearms; I would recommend a 1911 type pistol, if you haven’t tried it yet.
“…and pretty much anything else someone suggests” wonderful, your apparent open-mindedness.
“…is my new obsession” obsessions are wonderful things, aren’t they?
“I can’t say I have a perfect match in mind. I’m pretty open minded and adaptable” wonderful
Finally, I should say the following: given the context (of this interpersonal interaction) and my own yearning for my “soul mate” (that word is tricky; it could have many different connotations; anyway), my motivation for writing you was I think in part potentiated by emotion, and in part self-deception (nevermind what I mean by this, it’s not that important). Though I show you my intellectual admiration of (the apparent) you, I suspect I would not give you all that you want. But I wish you, out of brotherly love of one’s fellow human, the best of luck in your search and in life.
P.S. Please excuse the manner in which I convey my meanings; it’s a conglomeration of jargon from study of various fields (physics, psychology, philosophy, etc.). And I should state this, for I fear: I do not speak or write to everyone in this way; in fact, I hide it from most; I do not do it to “impress you” (I mean that in the colloquial sense); it is more a reflection of intellectual intimacy that I have shared with you.
I politely declined any further conversation with the gentleman.