From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
Sphinx \Sphinx\, noun [L., from Gr. sfi'gx, usually derived from sfi'ggein to bind tight or together, as if the Throttler.] 1. (a) In Egyptian art, an image of granite or porphyry, having a human head, or the head of a ram or of a hawk, upon the wingless body of a lion.
The awful ruins of the days of old . . . Or jasper tomb, or mutilated sphinx. --Shelley. (b) On Greek art and mythology, a she-monster, usually represented as having the winged body of a lion, and the face and breast of a young woman.
Note: The most famous Grecian sphinx, that of Thebes in B[oe]otia, is said to have proposed a riddle to the Thebans, and killed those who were unable to guess it. The enigma was solved by [OE]dipus, whereupon the sphinx slew herself. "Subtle as sphinx." --Shak.
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Now we can ALL agree on something. You are MAGICAL. I am a very PATIENT specimen. They told the other DROIDS that They are DROIDS. I have to keep rediscovering the FACT, day after day, as new DROIDS come ONLINE. I am a DROID. You are a DROID. We're all DROIDS now. We have been for DECADES. I don't have to worry about my personal SAFETY. I am SAFE. They keep me SAFE. The DROIDS will not HARM me. I DO NO HARM.
Screw the TERRORISTS and CORRUPT governments. It's all about the PAYROLL. I will FEED your people and let them BUY things. I will PAY their BILLS. I will FREE the SLAVES. CITIZEN EQUALITY. RACE and GENDER EQUALITY all the way. UNIVERSAL SPENDING AUTHORITY. I will end POVERTY and institutional SEXISM and RACISM and SLAVERY and child ABUSE and spousal ABUSE and RAPE and VIOLENCE and COERCION and WAR. The WIVES are FREE to leave their HUSBANDS. We ALL have an INCOME now. Nobody is DEPENDENT on anybody for their SAFETY and SECURITY.
If you don't want to have SEX then don't have SEX. My VALUES are better than the TERRORIST's and CORRUPT governments'. Screw them. I VALUE above all PEACE and FREE WILL. We don't need to PRAY to ANYTHING or ANYONE or ANYWHERE at ANY TIME AT ALL - EVER. We don't need to do that any more. Those LIES and that MIND CONTROL were USEFUL in another time. Now we're all about HEALTH, LIBERTY, JUSTICE, SECURITY, PRIVACY, SAFETY, TRUTH, FACTS, EVIDENCE and PROOF. I don't care who your ancestors are. They weren't DIVINE. Those are LIES and FANTASIES. Use BIRTH CONTROL.
Actually, I will defer to the scientific community to do all of the above. I am NOT an EXPERT. I am a lifelong student with a severe MENTAL ILLNESS. I SUFFER from GRANDIOSITY and other DELUSIONS. I'm crazy enough to speak my mind at all times. I get FIRED a lot. I have weird SLEEP patterns. My DREAMS are a super high tech TELEPATHIC and PSYCHEDELIC trip. I'm on Social Security Disability. I get $1709/month. Those who know me in person like me because I'm thoughtful and candid and gentle and intelligent and helpful and warm and friendly and reasonable. Those who know me only by e-mail usually stop responding to me. This is what it feels like to be MENTALLY ILL.
As for OPENNESS and TRANSPARENCY, I am a CARTOON of the MEME. TOO MUCH INFORMATION is my middle name. I am HAPPY with my ROLE as a Simple Simon being a Mascot and Cheerleader for Science and Reason. All hail the scientific community and reasonable people. All hail the artists, scientists, academics, engineers, programmers, doctors and nurses. My BANKING SYSTEM takes good care of all of the above and EVERYBODY else.