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On Thu, 05 Feb 2009 15:50:53 UTC aag (22) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To not find for oneself a meaning for living, to lose hope
Where would you like to live?
In a cozy house in the woods
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To find beauty and meaning in the little gifts of living, in the chances that life offers me
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Ruminating about my feelings, thoughts, questions
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Those who know their own evils, who are contemplative, those who are on the verge of not finding meanings in their lives
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Mikhail Bakhtin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Roland Barthes, Bertrand Russell, Foucault, Jose Rizal
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
A woman of quiet persistence, of wisdom
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Those who are tender, innocent, yet questioning, worrisome, and very kind
Your favorite painter?
Edvard Munch, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso
Your favorite musician?
The Radio Dept.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Sensitivity, intelligence, kindness and humility
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Warmth, being caring, patience and gentleness
Your favorite virtue?
To not treat others the way one would not have wanted to be treated; comradeship in life
Your favorite occupation?
Writing, introspection, listening and sharing
Who would you have liked to be?
A writer/poet, a genuine and passionate qualitative researcher; an artist and a researcher at the same time; a helper of people
Your most marked characteristic?
Very introspective
What do you most value in your friends?
Their acceptance of myself - my past, my mistakes, my flaws, who i am, who i can be
What is your principle defect?
Chronically low self-esteem; easily despairing
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
To fail to redeem myself from my mistakes and shortcomings
What would you like to be?
To be a person who is peacefully certain and content about her importance as a human being, as a family memeber, as a friend
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
A white or orange lily
What is your favorite bird?
An eagle or a penguin
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brendan Matthews, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bertrand Russell, E.D. Klemke, Kurt Baier, Chinua Achebe, Deogracias Rosario
Who are your favorite poets?
Brent Pallas, e.e. cummings
Who are your heroes in real life?
Mister dS, my mom and sister, my two professors
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
No one
What are your favorite names?
Dmitri, Greimas, Mayumi, Yumi
What is it you most dislike?
Being rash, doing things without passion or care, mistreating people
What historical figures do you most despise?
Arrogant traditional politicians
What event in military history do you most admire?
Great battles wherein the smaller, braver troops fought against the larger battalions
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The gift of choosing and writing the right words, of creating works of art
How would you like to die?
Lying on a field of green grass, at a time like that of autumn, looking up at the blue sky on mid-morning
What is your present state of mind?
Seeking calmness and confidence
What is your motto?
Despite death and time and things beyond man's control, he possesses the inner gift of finding that life is beautiful, with the sentience, knowledge, friendships, love, passion for one's craft, music and beauty that it affords.

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