a muse of sorts (i suppose) (__carteblanche) wrote in platform_934,
a muse of sorts (i suppose)
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If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
There are too many things going too wrong in the world and I’d change it all if I could, but there are some issues to which we that we have become desensitized. In terms of these issues, we react in the way that decorum sees fit, not how we’d actually feel; so I think it’s hypocritical to say something like “I want to eliminate poverty” because fundamentally, we say it because we ought to. I think that if I could, why not do something drastic like erase all desire and necessity for pretense. There are too many lies in the world, and really, everyone’s simply too good at saying what others want to hear (and not necessarily what they need to hear). We’re too adept at fooling others and fooling ourselves. Some reality checks could be in order.

What makes a person respectable?
Respectable is being accepted and lauded by society. There are many criteria that one can employ to make such a definition, but it all comes down to finding acceptance, and using that acceptance to gain power and COMMAND respect. It’s challenging social norm until you are almost pushing past the boundaries of what is considered “proper” behaviour in your search in life, and it’s knowing when to stop. Being respectable is sitting on the dividing line between being a pariah and being a sheep.

What do you look for in a friend?
I look for a connection, a click, a moment of recognition of what people call “kindred spirits”. There’s no point if this isn’t present. I can meet the most brilliantly intelligent and charismatic person ever known to mankind, but if I can’t click with him or her on an inexplicably personal level, then it won’t work. But I have a feeling this isn’t what the question is asking, so I’m thinking of what general trait my friends share. They’re usually intelligent, independent people with a desire to ask questions and finding out answers. At the same time, they’re not above being silly just for the heck of it.

What are your hobbies?
I’m just going to interpret this as “what I like to do in my free time”. I sing show choir, write (for school publications and online), take dance lessons (jazz), read and collect quartos of various Shakespeare plays, watch movies (both old and new), and buy entirely too many Original Broadway Cast recordings of various musicals (I’ve blown so much money on Les Mis). I also spend much too much time tinkling around on Photoshop and browsing various communities on LJ.

Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
I have given both time and money to charity and will continue to do so in the future, unless I run into some unforeseeable financial trouble.

What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
Ooh. Tough. Currently? I’d like to get a level 5 on my US History AP exam. In the future? I’d like to ace my MCAT and interview and make it into med school. But these are all subsidiaries to my goal of becoming a doctor before I reach the age of 30.

Who is your role model?
I don’t have ONE role model. I draw aspects I admire from people all around me and people I know of, and I aim to be as good as them (or better) in those respective aspects. Although I have a sneaking suspicion that, though I might say the above, the one who affected me the most and the deepest might always be Ender from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

What trait most annoys you about other people?
Stupidity. Willful ignorance. Seriously, I know it sounds bad, but nothing irks me more than when people choose to deceive themselves even with the truth dancing right in front of them. It’s like shirking the responsibility of being alive, of taking care of themselves, of facing the consequences of their decisions, by pretending not to understand (and succeeding in convincing themselves and ONLY themselves in the process). Hiding like an ostrich will not make the problem go away, and putting themselves in vulnerable positions WILL provoke others into exploiting them.

What do you want to do for a living?
My career options right now lean towards medicine, because I’m good at biology and the subject fascinates me. It’s also partly to do with my distrust for the efficiency of the health system, but let’s not go there. Eventually, I would like to become a practicing specialist doctor, or at least become involved in something with regards to medical research .

If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
I contact the police, first and foremost, but any further details would depend on the offender and the timing. If I’m present when the attack is happening, I do what I can to protect my friend, and scream/make good use of my cell phone for help. If it’s in the past by a malicious intended attack by a person, I wouldn’t hesitate in bringing in a lawsuit and trying to get maximum punishment for the offender. If it’s by an animal, I do what I can to prevent it from happening again, depending on whether the animal is domesticated or wild. If domesticated, I urge my friend to demand reparations from the owner. If wild, I warn the community where the incident had happened.

Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
Definitely, if I or the ones I love are in danger. It’s all morally upright and all to say no, but what use have I for morality if I’m being attacked? There is no doubt that I will be able to overstep a few moral scruples in hurting others, if my own life/health/wellbeing hung in the balance. It’s perhaps not something to be proud of, but it is innately human nature.

What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
(in no particular order, importance of otherwise):
Empathy: I feel sharply the pain and joy of others much more easily than most people do. I don’t know why this is easy for me, but it is, and it often helps me gravitate and get a hold of a situation by helping me understand it more quickly. People don’t look to me for guidance; they look to me for comfort in knowing that I understand, at least partially, what they are feeling.
Percipience: I am able to get to the crux of a problem quickly, most often through observation and the aforementioned empathy. Usually, I can see what lies at the center of a situation, and aim my attentions there to solve it. It’s rather helpful, both for group work and introspection.
Ambition: I would be nowhere if I didn’t know what I needed (or so I believe anyways); I will be the first to admit this. I have immense drive and I believe I have the ability to get to where I want to go. I have goals, set in chronological order, and I have plans of how I’m going to achieve what I want. Knowing what I want is what motivates me.
Creativity: Having gone through a period of mental rebellion against conformity, I’ve come to develop a love for creating the unexpected, whether it be in writing, in staging a production, in ideology. What helps is that often my ideas ARE fresh and unexpected, and it’s altogether pleasing to see comprehension dawn on others. I’ve come to love walking down the road less traveled.
Perseverance: I’m so stubborn and headstrong it could count as a fault, but it currently stands as a virtue because I’m learning to back down when it’s more beneficial for everyone to do so. I believe in independence, in thinking for myself, in maintaining my position despite adversity. I believe in getting what I want.

What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
Vengeance: If I feel that I have been seriously wronged, I can be absolutely cold blooded in searching for my rightful revenge. I believe in retribution, but not an eye for an eye. I’m really very methodic, and I sometimes frighten myself by planning out everything I would do to triumph. It’s usually something small but spiteful, but it makes me feel dirty to project so much hatred.
Self-pity: I have a tendency to indulge in moments of indulgence, when I do not push myself anywhere even near my limits because I don’t see a need to drive myself bonkers over something not very important. This develops into laziness and procrastination, of course, and I try not to indulge in it, but it happens.
Melodrama: I’ll be the first to admit that I have a tendency to make a mountain out of a molehill, especially when I’m trying to catch someone’s attention. I have plenty of tales of woe to tell, and I really should stop indulging in them.
Temperamental : I am the epitome of mood swinging, even when it’s not my time of the month. It seems as if I just can’t seem to remain mellow (or for that matter, any particular mood) for very long. The emotions of others affect my very easily, and I constantly fluctuate between different and often conflicting moods over a short period of time.
Grudging: I carry grudges. LONG and serious grudges. And I may or may not act on them, but they makes me feel really negative and I can’t seem to get rid of them no matter what.

Define in your own words the following key traits:
Courage is remaining true to oneself when faced with opposition from all sides, even friends. It is not rashly playing the hero.
Loyalty is 100% support behind a friend’s choices, but at the same time being secure enough in your friendship to share your opinions. It is not blind faith.
Intelligence is quickness in grasping a situation, and knowing how best to use your assets to the best of your advantage. It is not to be measured in numbers or by tests.
Ambition is knowing what you want and being motivated enough to strive towards your goal. It is not “the end justifies the means”.

Name: Gwen
Age: 17
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