So here's the pitch:
Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud, and how does it relate to the person you are?
And here's the swing:
I seek truth. My drive to find the right question and learn the true answer defines who I am. Beginning at the earliest age of complex cognitive development, around age eight, I began to wonder about the truth. Within a year I had conceived of god, learned the basis of religion in society, and then rejected it outright for various logical flaws that I had found. I well remember that first moment of enlightenment.
I seek carnal truth. I look to find the explanation for those things that are quantifiable, and to reserve judgment on those that are not. My drive to find the right question and learn the true answer defines who I am. Beginning in an early year, around age eight, I began to wonder about the truth and for the first time in my life I was considering concepts outside of my immediate surroundings. Within a year I had conceived of god, learned the basis of religion in society, and then rejected it outright for various logical flaws that I had found. I well remember that first moment of enlightenment.
As I was only nine years old, I had never heard arguments for or against theism, I had merely attended temple with my family on a semiannual basis although we were not particularly religious. Thus the conceptions I began to draw in my mind on the nature of religion and god took form slowly and without external interference or bias, until one day, the pieces clicked. I had not begun my venture with the thought that god may or may not be real; I had simply pondered the idea of god in general. As it was, I came to the conclusion that god was an unnecessary prescription to the function of the world. I had considered the properties of physics, biology, and my own short experience to render this conclusion. Upon the instant of realization (or revelation), I felt exalted; I was filled with a resounding energy and a radiant happiness. This feeling, once faded, left me quickly seeking out new paradigms to discover. The unadulterated joy that discovery brings me truly holds precedence in my life.
From that first step into the world of man, I was forever joined to a higher cause, the cause of truth. Now, after a chain of discoveries and insights, each more poignant than the last, I arrive at the present moment. My drive has not changed, my purpose remains firm, and now I seek to expand my knowledge further. I seek to expand my horizons and fulfill my desire to comprehend all the facets of reality.