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Are you sick of taking on-line personality tests? Yeah? But you just keep doing it, doncha?

Here's a kickass one I found on Rubylu's journal. It's the Alignment Indicator; alignment as in Dungeons and Dragons.

I first took the test and answered as I would now. I then took it a second time and answered based on my behavior (as I remember it now) when I was actually playing, in my early to mid teens.

Now, according to the test, I'm Chaotic Neutral.

According to the authors of Dungeons & Dragons, that means:
Chaotic neutral characters believe that there is no order to anything, including their own actions. With this as a guiding principle, they follow whatever whim strikes them at the moment: Good and evil are irrelevant when making a decision. Chaotic neutral characters are extremely difficult to deal with; the only reliable thing about them is that they cannot be relied upon! Such people might cheerfully and for no apparent purpose gamble away everything they have on the roll of a single die. This alignment is perhaps the most difficult to play. Lunatics and crackpots tend toward chaotic neutral behavior.

Anybody taking the test with their Libertarian dogma on will come up as Chaotic Neutral, I think.

Back in the day, according to the test and my recollection of my behavior, I was Chaotic with Evil tendencies:

Chaotic Evil: These characters are the bane of all that is good and organized, motivated solely by the desire for personal gain and pleasure. Chaotic evil characters see absolutely nothing wrong with taking whatever they want by whatever means possible. To them, laws and governments are tools of weaklings unable to fend for themselves. The strong should take what they want; the weak are to be exploited. When chaotic evil characters band together, they are not motivated by a desire to cooperate, but rather to oppose powerful enemies who threaten their personal interests. Such a group can be held together only by a strong leader capable of bullying underlings into obedience. Leadership of this sort is based on raw power, so a leader is likely to be replaced at the first sign of weakness by anyone who can grab the position, whatever the method. Bloodthirsty bandits and brutish monsters of low Intelligence are fine examples of chaotic evil personalities.

At the time, I claimed to be Neutral Good:

These characters believe that a balance of forces is important, but that the concerns of law and chaos do not moderate the need for good. Since the universe is vast and contains many creatures striving for different goals, a determined pursuit of good will not upset the balance; it may even maintain it. Social structure itself has no innate value. If fostering good means supporting organized society, then that is what must be done. If good can come about only through overthrowing the existing social order, so be it. A soldier who defies a commander's orders, so as to destroy something he or she sees as evil, is an example of a neutral good character.

If I were to select an alignment for myself today, not by taking the test but by selecting, based on my current highly subjective self-perception, from the game descriptions of the possible alignments, I would describe myself as Chaotic Good:

Chaotic good characters are strong individualists marked by a streak of kindness and benevolence. They believe in all the virtues of goodness and right, but they have little use for laws and regulations. They have no patience with people who try to push folk around and tell them what to do. Their actions are guided by their own moral compass, which although good, may not always be in agreement with the rest of society. A wandering monk who helps those in need is an example of a chaotic good character.

What do I take from these results?

1) I distorted my self-image with wishful thinking back in my D&D days. Hopefully, I do this to a lesser extent these days.

2) Most of the people who cause pain and suffering in the world claim to be motivated by good and noble sentiments and ideals.

"Every political good carried to the extreme must be productive of evil."

-Mary Wollstonecraft

3) The authors of the D&D alignment descriptions infused them with the particular distortions of their geeky world-view.

4) I really got a lot out of playing D&D in my teen years.


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Oct. 14th, 2001 11:56 am (UTC)
Based on a quick read through some of your comix a month or three ago, i would have probably put you at something like chaotic neutral with good tendencies.

I come out as Neutral Good myself, tho i often choose chaotic good characters. It's probably about right.
Oct. 14th, 2001 10:31 pm (UTC)
hmmm. i would think it would be hard to score chaotic neutral on any kind of test like that. as i recall, everyone wanted to be that allignment, but no-one played it very well, as chaotic neutral people were as likely to kill you as well, say hello. I think it goes further than just being a libertarian, since they don't really want to harm anyone. we once had an interesting campaign where a lawful good paladin's god changed allignment to chaotic neutral in the middle of the campaign, leading to such orders as "rescue that maiden! No wait, shave your head."
Oct. 17th, 2001 01:46 pm (UTC)
Every time I've taken one of these (D&D based) tests, I have come out as either "True Nuetral" or "Chaotic Neutral".

However, I've found that both descriptions seem "off" to me. Although I would describe myself as a very neutral person, with a definite streak of insanity, I do not think that I fall completely into either description. I guess I just have a hard time believing that everyone in the world can fit neatly into one of nine categories.

On the one hand, I am fairly unpredictable. On the other hand, I am not likely to shoot a group of people "just because". I also am not exceptionally likely to switch sides (unless I change my mind, or gain new info, or whatever). ::shrug::

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