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On Sat, 26 Jul 14 14:49:27 UTC Anton (52) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To live without hope.
Where would you like to live?
In a place where human rights are passionately championed and justice is seen to be done
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live in a place of beauty and respect for nature and life in general, where there is sharing and enough for everyone.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
I pontificate a lot more than I actually physically move.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Prince Myshkin, Atticus Finch, The Cat in the Hat.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Margaret Mead, Walter Benjamin, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Thom Paine, Steve Biko, Galactia ...
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Those who abjure the heroics for quietly making things better (more sustainable and fair), bit by bit, step by step.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Antoinette from 'The Wide Sargossa Sea'; Anna Wulf from 'The Golden Notebook'; Eppie from 'Silas Marner'; Nina from 'The Seagull'; Sonya from 'Crime and Punishment'.
Your favorite painter?
Rembrandt today, perhaps Caravaggio tomorrow.
Your favorite musician?
It has to be Bach.
The quality you most admire in a man?
modesty, compassion.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
humour, lack of malice.
Your favorite virtue?
the desire to become a better human.
Your favorite occupation?
Creating as part of a shared experience.
Who would you have liked to be?
more understanding, more able to communicate more effectively my innermost thinking.
Your most marked characteristic?
A propensity to fret.
What do you most value in your friends?
Good humour - levity - and an ability to forgive me.
What is your principle defect?
too easily discouraged and thwarted in my dreams.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
The inability to have understood - or been understood - by one other.
What would you like to be?
A survivor who thrives and blossoms in adversity and success.
What is your favorite color?
A spectrum of blues and greens.
What is your favorite flower?
The Strelitzia - unbowed and enduring.
What is your favorite bird?
The golden eagle.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Grahame Greene, Doris Lessing, James Baldwin, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky, Jane Bowles, Capote, Philip Roth - there are so many!
Who are your favorite poets?
TS Eliot; Walt Whitman; John Keats, Auden, Gibran.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Thuli Madonsela, Nikolai Alekseev, Mehdi Karroubi - and many brave humans whose names I don't know.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Eleanor Roosevelt; Queen Esther and the Queen of Sheba.
What are your favorite names?
Currently, I'm rather taken with Peace.
What is it you most dislike?
testosterone-fueled power-mongering; unswerving, bigoted dogma; murder.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Adolf H still at number 1, but his many imitators are following closely behind.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The Dunkirk evacuation, when military and civilian energy combined to save Allied soldiers from near-certain death.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
An ability to always rise above the fray to the sanctuary of my Higher Self.
How would you like to die?
Without pain, without regret ...
What is your present state of mind?
Immense sorrow at my fellow species - and hope of better things to come.
What is your motto?
To coin Sweet Charity's: "To live hopefully ever after".

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