If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I'd get rid of the territorialism. I think that's where a lot of the problems lie, in that people wouldn't be so inclined to defend their 'territory' or country with violence if there were fewer boundaries. This would also, I think, provide the added benefit of a more unified world, as people are less likely to categorise when there aren't do many borders dividing them. Though this obviously wouldn't solve all the world's problems, I think it'd significantly lessen them, and could provide more starting-points for resolving other issues. Although, of course, any sort of change like that could bring up multitudes of new problems.
What makes a person respectable?
Being honest, genuine, empathetic, and kind. Standing up for what you believe in, and working hard to achieve a goal that means a lot to you.
What do you look for in a friend?
a sense of humour, the ability to listen, honesty, loyalty, sensitivity.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, writing, playing on photoshop, and..err, did I mention reading?
Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
Yes, I've given both, and would do again, had I time and money to spare, at the moment... I volunteered summers at a wildlife park, I was a YMCA summer volunteer, and worked the local Thanksgiving dinners for the homeless several years. I donate money as possible to various organisations whose philosophies I agree with and efforts I support.
What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
The most important thing in my life is my son, and if I accomplish anything, I hope it's to help him become whoever he's going to be.
Who is your role model?
There are so many, I can't think where to begin. My sister is pretty amazing, and there are about a billion authors I could mention. I've had a few teachers I don't think I'll ever forget... The traits I most admire and hope to emulate in others is their ability to see good in everything, their desire to help and protect people that matter to them, the way they encourage people to pursue their dreams and make their lives what they want them to be. In authors, I admire the ability to write vivid, imaginative characters that seem real enough to move me, or make me laugh, or make me want to spend all day immersed in the story.
What trait most annoys you about other people?
prejudice and intolerance. It's unfathomable to me that people would think that just because someone is different from them, it makes them worth less. I don't think a person's worth is defined by their heritage or background, but by who they are, what they believe in, and how they interact with the world.
What do you want to do for a living?
I plan to be a librarian, but I'd also love to edit books. I'd love to work in a used bookshop, if it was a job that I could support my family with, but that's not an option.
If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
er. I'd probably try to figure out how to help fend off the attacker, but if that was impossible, I imagine I'd go get help.
Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
no. I don't think there's ever a reason to use them that could induce me to. Those curses are Unforgivable in more ways than just where the Ministry is concerned, I would never be able to forgive myself for that, and I don't think it would ever even occur to me to use them, no matter how angry I might be. I spend more time trying to make sure the people I come into contact with are happy and healthy, intentionally causing other human beings harm would be unimaginable to me.
What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
1. I love deeply and almost unconditionally. 2. I try to be honest at all times. 3. I'm really good at listening. 4. I don't gossip. 5. I'm really just... nice. as generic as that adjective is....
What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
1. insecurity 2. I procrastinate like mad, always leave things till the last moment. 3. non-confrontational to the point of avoidance. 4. not at all assertive. 5. guilt complex
Define in your own words the following key traits:
Courage: the ability to do what needs to be done, no matter what.
Loyalty: sticking to and standing up for a person or a belief, even if others won't.
Intelligence: knowledge, either book-learned or gained from experience, and the ability to apply that knowledge logically and rationally to situations.
Ambition: the drive to achieve [wealth/status/success/etc]
Where did you find out about us? ummm, I think I saw it in hp_graphics or hp_icons, where someone [unwoundfantasy?] mentioned hogwartsishome