Get To Know Yourself: Proust Questionnaire

I always feel introspective around my birthday. So when I came across this questionnaire Marcel Proust filled out at 13 and later, 20. I chose ten questions  to answer. Of course, being a Gemini means the answers could change on any day, at any given moment.

cuar01_proust_proust0504What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? To have a still moment with myself long enough to think about women and children suffering around the world. Or to be stuck in a room watching the GOP filibustering Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation.

Where would you like to live? I would love to live in the state of nirvana, in the country of euphoria where everyone can love and marry who they desire regardless of gender or creed.

What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty above all else.

What is your principle defect? Knowledge. With that, comes responsibility. And responsibility is sometimes too heavy a burden to shoulder. At times, cynicism.

What historical figures do you most despise? King Leopold II, Rafael Trujillo, and Adolf Hitler

What natural gift would you most like to possess? I wish I could capture my feelings on canvas.

The quality you most admire in a woman? Strength, Intelligence, Gentleness, Sense of humor.

The quality you most admire in a man? Strength, Intelligence, Gentleness, Sense of humor.

What is it you most dislike? the ethnic cleansing of too many New York City neighborhoods, disguised as “gentrification.”  Gender violence against women, ageism, racism, sexism also come to mind.

What is your motto? The drunk thinks one thing, the bartender another.

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