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On Tue, 12 Jan 16 13:49:21 UTC Hern (39) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing a loved one, particularly a child.
Where would you like to live?
In the country, the mountains.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Good food, good drink, music!
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Han Solo - a rogue with a good moral compass.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Jesus, Alexander Hamilton, Enlightenment Philosophers
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
My wife.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
There are so few, really, and mostly very recent and in sci fi and fantasy novels.
Your favorite painter?
I don't really have one.
Your favorite musician?
Trey Anastasio
The quality you most admire in a man?
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Also integrity.
Your favorite virtue?
Integrity, again! It's the virtue from which all others spring.
Your favorite occupation?
Seeing music performed live. Reading a good book. Playing with my children.
Who would you have liked to be?
Someone who made a concrete difference in the world, perhaps to have built or created something.
Your most marked characteristic?
A sense of humor, but I'm also sensitive and easily hurt and offended, which I hide behind humor.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and reliability.
What is your principle defect?
Lack of patience and easy frustration at what I see are others failings. Judgementalism.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Losing my son.
What would you like to be?
Happy and content with where I am. Ceasing to struggle against myself.
What is your favorite color?
Grey. It's a mixture of none (black) and all (white) and I think represents reality well.
What is your favorite flower?
Wildflowers. They're not artfully cultivated but just as beautiful as roses.
What is your favorite bird?
A cardinal, especially in winter.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Stephen King, JRR Tolkien. I prefer flights of fancy to realist literature.
Who are your favorite poets?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Malcolm X, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Joan of Arc, Catherine the Great
What are your favorite names?
For a girl Elanor (from Tolkien). I don't have a favorite male name.
What is it you most dislike?
My own sense of self inadequacy. My allergy to being successful and self defeat/destcuction.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Those who stand by and allow horror to go unchallenged. It's easy to pick a titan like Hitler but it's small people allowing despicable acts who are the true villains in history.
What event in military history do you most admire?
The invasion of Normandy. The Trojan Horse. Washington Crossing the Delaware.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The ability to play an instrument.
How would you like to die?
In my sleep, at an advanced age, after a nice meal with my family and friends.
What is your present state of mind?
A mixture of contentment with my life and disappointment with my life.
What is your motto?
Always take the high road.

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