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On Tue, 07 Jul 2009 17:33:11 UTC Christopher Blaum (37) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be able to describe ones problems but not to solve them.
Where would you like to live?
In the woods, in the quiet, yet near a great city.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To have no responsibilities to anyone or anything save knowledge and human kind.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Weakness, incompetence.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
I don' assign the title of hero.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Hitler, Prabupada, Lincoln, Jackson, Ayan Hersi Ali, Bogart
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My Wife.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Women are the underpinning of every great literary man.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Music follows mood; therefore, an infinite list.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Manliness (in the Frank Vincent sense), intelligence, madness.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Feminine, curvy, intelligent, asuming, stable.
Your favorite virtue?
The ability to remain stoic despite all interference.
Your favorite occupation?
Reading, dreaming, sleeping, thinking, creating, working, nature.
Who would you have liked to be?
No one in particular, because all bodies are interchangeable.
Your most marked characteristic?
Fear of failure, craving of solitude.
What do you most value in your friends?
Ability to be abused and still recognize the value in remaining friends.
What is your principle defect?
Inability to see the path to greatness, despite the clarity of the goal.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
The end of the human race by unnatural causes.
What would you like to be?
A contributor to the cognitive progress of mankind.
What is your favorite color?
Blues and purples.
What is your favorite flower?
All flowers are infinitely beautiful. Possible the sunflower.
What is your favorite bird?
the Cardinal. The sight of one is to sight my Grandmother watching over me.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Marcel Proust, Salman Rushdie, Umberto Eco, Herman Hesse.
Who are your favorite poets?
Joyce Kilmer.
Who are your heroes in real life?
I don't assign this label.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
What are your favorite names?
Stephanie and Stephen, my children's names. Both convey power and thought,
What is it you most dislike?
What historical figures do you most despise?
If a figure is "historical", then he or she has passed my one and only test - they were able to achieve.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The American Revolution.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Confidence, piano virtuosity.
How would you like to die?
By my own hand.
What is your present state of mind?
Saddened, as this questionaire makes me think of myself.
What is your motto?
Knowledge is power only when applied to universal goals.

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