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On Wed, 26 Oct 16 19:00:48 UTC Dilip C Louis (32) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To wallow so deeply in self pity as to not realize the sheer joy of simply being alive
Where would you like to live?
In a really big house with lots of family and friends on premises
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To be dedicated to some life-long project of social benefit, preferably with family and friends by my side; to have sound mind and sound body for as long as possible
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
The lack of a love life, and the feeling that women see through my weaknesses and will never really desire me
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Jean Valjean, Ip Man (not really fiction I guess), Alan Breck Stewart, Huckleberry Finn
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Seneca The Younger, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Michel de Montaigne, Socrates, Nehru, JFK, Faraday, Alan Turing...many more
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Elizabeth Warren, my mother
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Violet Baudelaire, Leslie Knope
Your favorite painter?
Probably anyone who brings out beauty in the ordinary
Your favorite musician?
Keith Richards
The quality you most admire in a man?
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Your favorite virtue?
Your favorite occupation?
Who would you have liked to be?
Bill Gates
Your most marked characteristic?
Unfortunately many people might say I'm "nice", but I don't like that word. I think that my power of introspection and self-correction is formidable.
What do you most value in your friends?
They should have my back like I have theirs. For example, I would never publicly humiliate a friend to get a laugh from an audience.
What is your principle defect?
Lack of willpower
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To have had everything "work out" the way I sometimes wish it did
What would you like to be?
Always content, always pushing forward, there for others when they need me
What is your favorite color?
British Racing Green
What is your favorite flower?
Delonix regia
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Not sure what a prose writer is.....
Who are your favorite poets?
Omar Khayyam, Rudyard Kipling, Tennyson
Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents, my colleague JJ, my colleague Ed
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Indira Gandhi, Joan of Arc, Marie Curie
What are your favorite names?
Olympia, Elizabeth, Isabel, James,
What is it you most dislike?
When I go against what I know I should do
What historical figures do you most despise?
Mohammed, Henry Kissinger (the bastard is still alive, but thankfully no longer causing global mayhem)
What event in military history do you most admire?
Kruschev and JFK ignoring their hawks and backing away from a potential nuclear WW3 during the Cuban Missile Crisis
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Continous Humour
How would you like to die?
Knowing that I did well in Life, and surrounded by loved ones
What is your present state of mind?
Happiness at how far I've come in the past two years in terms of my mental state
What is your motto?
All real value arises within me.

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