We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
With a little luck, both the brain and the mind can continue to mature throughout life - until decay sets in. A life trajectory is never set in stone. The brain will mature as it will, but the maturation of the mind and the emotions requires effort, discipline, and, most of all, rigorous self-criticism.