why can't monsters get along with other monsters? (hermintage) wrote in platform_934,
why can't monsters get along with other monsters?

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If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
This is probably going to sound like absolutely the cheesiest thing in the world, but I would change how people utilize their minds (or don't, rather, in most cases). No, seriously. It's hard to explain, but I'll try. It comes down to three categories, actually. 1) They're too lazy. B) They waste energy on useless things. and C) They have a serious lack of imagination. Elaborated-

A) Most people in today's world complain enldessly and never do anything to change it. We're all guilty of it, but it boils down to the fact that our society has driven us to believe that we can live on our couch. We've got delivery, takeout, fast food, and convenient everything. If people would realize that by changing their mindset just a little bit they could live a lot more healthier, and be a lot happier because of it, the world would be better.

B) Ever drive anywhere and then some jerkface passes you, to find him stopped at the next stoplight right next to you? What's the point of that, and what's the point of wasting all that energy? So many people waste their minds worrying about where/who to be at a certain time and it creates far too much negative energy to go around. I suppose this part goes into zen philosophy, but if everyone were more zenlike, then there'd be a lot less hurt feelings and people could utilize their brains for something more productive.

C) People have a serious lack of imagination. What's fantastic about the HP books is that it's something easily accesible to everyone, and, before the movies came out, it was very easy to imagine and think of Harry and his friends as real. But now, we've got movies, video games, virtual simulation - who needs to imagine anything anymore when you can just see it in front of you? Imagination creates problem solving skills, too.

I guess my point is, humans only use, what, like 40% of their brains? Think of how much of a better place the world would be if they started using 100%, all the time.

What makes a person respectable?
Respect is a really hard thing to define. It's one of those things that you can't always pinpoint because so many people have so many different viewpoints on respect. I think that what really makes a person respectable depends on if he/she is willing to fight for what they believe in.

You can believe in a cause all you want but if you're not willing to put a little effort in, you're a hypocrit. Simple as that. Even if it's something as easy as going out to vote, that's a form of fighting for what you believe in. That to me is what makes a person respectable - it doesn't matter what they believe in. You can be a supporter of You-Know-Who, but if you don't own up to that, then you're a very sub-standard human being. You could still believe the world is flat, but as long as you fight for that, you're a respectable person in my book.

Furthermore, I think that if you don't know what you believe in then you have a lot of thinking to do. I also believe that a respectable person is someone who is honest, someone who can generally move through conflicts without hurting feelings, and who isn't judgemental or close-minded. I think a respectable person is someone who knows what they want in life, too, and isn't afraid to go after it.

What do you look for in a friend?
This is a really hard question for me to answer because I've never had a lot of friends. I wish I could just say, "lenabee!", but that's not very definitive now, is it? My "best" friends have always and more often than not turned out to not be friends at all, so instead of saying what I look for in a friend, I'll say what I wish they didn't have. Sadly, being negative in this way helps me be the picky person I am about the people I hang out with, because I've been so badly burned by so-called friends in the past. (I'll just do 3 examples, how's that? XD)

1. Someone like me- it may seem egotistical and a bit narcissistic, but if you're more like me the better, because I'm the only one who understands me 90% of the time. If you're not like me and we run into conflict, I'll probably just avoid you. So basically, I won't befriend someone who is rude, a slob, and unintelligent.

2. You can't NOT know what's going on in the world around you. If you've oblivious to what's going on, whether it's politics or just the fact that someone's trying to get around you and you're still standing there impeding their traffic for more than five minutes, it's not going to work between us.

3. Finally, I'm sorry, but you HAVE to have a sense of humor. If you can't understand my sarcasm which is part of my vocal ticks 90% of the time, you'll probably think I'm really stupid and idiotic. & I'll probably think you're dumb for not understanding it. You can't take things I say seriously all the time - or, really, hardly even ever.

What are your hobbies?
Wait, there are hobbies after Harry Potter? Erm, oh wait, yes. OK, I have this list somewhere. *digs around in her carpet bag* Not the candlestick...not behind the draperies...or the mirror...oh! Here it is. *dusts it off* Ahem...

Well, for a long time my main hobby was music. I played piano until I was 13 and then played French horn in marching band and trumpet in jazz band. When I was a senior in high school a bunch of my friends had a ska band but needed a drummer, so they taught me how to play the drums and I played drums and guitar in various bands all through out college (I also volunteered as a DJ at my college radio station). So for the longest time, music was it.

But, there has always been reading; when I was younger, it began with Tolkien, Roald Dahl (I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the 3rd grade & then my love for him has since grown up a bit), the Chronicles of Narnia, Anne McCaffrey, Terry Pratchett, and eventually things like Neil Gaiman, etc. I adore fantasy, writing fantasy, reading fantasy, a little bit of dress-up here and there. I've always collected it, too; whether it be books, paintings (I have a huge Crinshaw piece in my room), figurines (a bunch of dragon figurines everyhwere), and since my parents always collected castles it always sort of fit in with the rest of the decor. Heh, and my mom encouraged it, which was good.

Beyond that, I love crafting, I love being bad at knitting, and especially, things dealing with computers. I'm a bit of a graphics and web design nutcase, I think I'm the only one on the face of the planet who uses CSS hacks in her LJ s1-style overrides (or even knows what the heck I'm talking about). I also like studying, oddly, as a hobby, particularly, languages (I speak 4, not including English & Elvish).

Have or would you give time and money to a charity?

Gosh this was a tough question that I had to think about for awhile. In the past, yes. I have worked for Meals on Wheels and charity thrift stores and the like, previously. Now that I'm a poor ex-college student, it isn't in the cards for me to volunteer.

It's not that I wouldn't want to. My first choice out of college was the Peace Corps or Teach for America, but my health conditions don't really leave the unknown of the placement options with either of those a really sort of viable option. I want to make the world a better place, and if I had the time/money/resources, I totally would work towards that. When I first moved here, I worked for a worker's union as a translator (which was a very brief experience) but it was really cool. I liked thinking that I was "rallying" something and that something I was doing or some skill that I had made somebody's work experience a lot better.

Unfortunately, the union I was working for turned out to be lying &#$@$!, and I quit. But that doesn't mean my view on charities or unions or non-profit sectors or what have you has really changed. I still think there are ways we can make the world better, but unfortunately, a) there are so many things wrong that nobody really takes the time to notice, and b) I'm a poor ex-college kid who's $10k in debt. :/

What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
My goal in life is to be an echo...
That's strangely true, actually, for being a line from a Wilco song. Writing to me is echoing, mimicking the world around us, and making it our own in our stories. I want to be a published author, of a particular story I've been working on my whole entire life. I've tried to branch out, I really have.

I've written short stories, taken creative writing classes, written poetry, zines, etc., even ran my own publishing company for a year or two; I've just always been a writer. It's not really in my blood, either. I come from a very mathematical family, most of whom lack creative edges. But I've written since before I can remember. I've mostly written fantasy (though if you get to know me really well I could tell you about my really embarassing cross-over ficlets from Junior High), though have dabbled in creative-non-fiction.

Right now I'm trying to find a job that will let me ride the train every day so I can write. I love writing on trains, for some reason. But I'm also trying to find a job where I can write for a living - I don't really want to be a journalist, but I could do catalogue copy writing if the opportunity was presented to me. Anything that allows me to write, really, and still put food on the table, is good for me. Though I must admit, I was highly tempted to just copy & paste one of my recent cover letters. Lol.

Who is your role model?
I don't have a role model. No, I don't, I mean it. I've always been the only one sticking up for myself. Though there have been people (family, mainly), whom I admire, I wouldn't call them role models. I have always been very independent and have always been able to "figure things out for myself". I don't like being who anyone wants me to be, and the idea of having a role model is something like that, in my opinion. "I want to be like Mike." No, I don't. I want to be who I want to be, and that's it.

What trait most annoys you about other people?
I think I've mentioned this before but it's their inability to see the world around them and get their heads out of the sand. They really don't have to acknowledge that I exist so long as they don't run me over. I hate people who can't see past the end of their own nose (my god, I sound like Mary Poppins don't I?). I hate when people think that they're the only ones who exist, and therefore are rude, incosiderate, or just downright mean.

Maybe it comes from having worked at a Starbucks, where 99% of the customers who want their grande sugar free vanilla lattes want them that instant. Maybe it comes from being a feminist, where I've always believed that it's stupid societal crap that leads people to be this way and therefore when we want something now, damn the torpedos & everything else.

Ooooh I'm getting mad just thinking about it. Don't ask me questions like that! I'll stop now or I'll go on forever!

What do you want to do for a living?
My dream job actually has been a librarian; here, let me cut & paste for you an essay I wrote called "On Finding Pompeii," about why I want to be a librarian.

I discovered zines. Zines, archives, distros, small presses, the whole lot - archiving & self-preservation. It was like I was writing my own Pompeii, the history of myself was to be preserved beneath sheets & sheets of ancient scores of carbon copied paper & when all was said & done you'd have to have dug up one of my zines to know I'd existed. That had been Dr. Walters, my archaeology professor's example for everything: If Pompeii happened today, what would this room look like 1000 years from now? "Well, for one, professor we'd all be burnt to a crisp, but I guess that's beside the point huh." That's why I hated archaeology.

But I liked zines & preserving things & history & it was making my own history. I like being around it. I like the smell of old books. It's the same way that I like the feeling in dirty old thrift stores. It's the sense of archivity. The sense of history. That's why I wanted to be a librarian.

I hope that answered your question a bit!

If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world)
beast), what would you do?

KILL!!!!!!! Wait. erm. NO. Not kill. Killing is bad. I think lenabee knows what happens when bad people do things to my friends; I start flame wars. Mwahahahaha. Actually no I don't... I try to logically defend the person or persons in question, with reasonable questions of why they're attacking my friend ("Hello, Mr. Werewolf; as you can see, my friend is defenseless and means you no harm. Now, I have a wand, and am not afraid to use it, but if you don't BACK OFF I'm going to have to. Can we please discuss this like rational adults...")

OK, so maybe logic isn't always the best way to defend something in all causes. Nor is getting hot-headed ideas about people's brute strength or idiotic reasonings behind things. But...bright shiny lights flashing out of the end of my wand...are!

I guess what I'm trying to say (boy I am rambly today) is that if you are truly my friend I will not run for help, I will stick by your side and shout "expelliarmus!" at the top of my longues toward the criminal in question or I will just in general help you fight back.

Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
Am I an auror? Is this partf of my job description? Am I hurling one at something that has attacked my friend? Are we in the middle of the great war between good and evil, and I've stumbled upon an enemy?

Sure. I would. I think the whole thing about Unforgivable Curses is that they're meant to scare people. But it's like Bellatrix Lestrange says at the end of OotP, I would have to really want to hurt somebody. (Yes there are quite a few who I'd want to hurt, though nobody close to me anymore.) I would have to really mean it. With that in mind, there are times & places for all curses, but it takes a certain person to be able to wield one. I know there are some people in my life that have done things to me in the past I cannot forgive; if I was to cross their path today, I'd probably use one for revenge (Kill Bill, anyone? - OK, nothing THAT bad has ever happened to me but there are those who deserve it). I'd then probably find myself on the Dark Side, force-choking all around me falling into the Death Eater step. I could see myself as a Death Eater, sadly, more than I want to admit, and to me, a Death Eater is one who would use an Unforgivable Curse for something as petty as revenge.

What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
*facepalm* I never know how to answer these. Gah. I'm going to try something a little different on this app I think...this is, by no means, in order of importance. I've grown so much this year so I've got to really rethink this a bit.

1. My ambition. Lately I've really begun to see it. I've become a madwoman at hunting for jobs and going after things that may be a bit above my reach. Last year when I was still in school I think my confidence was really boosted, and having confidence helps anyone's ambitions. I undertook huge projects like redoing my radio station's website or DJing my own show or whatever I wanted, really. I've always took on a little too much though; I've been in three bands at the same time before, which is an ambitious thought when you think about how many shows we played. I cut, produced, designed my own record, recording and all. The thing about it is, I have to really care about something for me to go after it - a lot of people have told me I lack ambition, but I think they just don't see how excited/driven I get when it comes to something I truly believe in, dream about, shoot for.

2. My intelligence. Ok, I admit it. I am an intellectual snob. I'm smart. And it may not show in my SAT scores, but I know how to do things you don't. I've read things/know things you don't. I probably even read/knew them before you did. In fact, even if you know what it is, I probably know more about it than you do! I mean, I know 4 languages besides English, 3 of which I learned for fun, 1 of which I majored in. I can program circles around most boys (I can even beat them in video games). I play 5 instruments. I know way more about music and writing than I probably should. I know more about books than some librarians. But I like it, and I especially like people who can keep up with me. Maybe my trouble in finding friends sometimes is that I can rarely find people who do.

3. My creativity. The thing about being creative and using your imagination is, it's like therapy. Crafting, writing, drawing, playing my guitar, iconmaking, graphics - whatever it is really takes my mind off things and really puts me at ease. Sometimes the only way I know how to deal with what's going on around me, is to shut it out and shut myself up with my sketchbook or my photoshop or my crafting/zinemaking. It helps me really sort things out because it's something that comes so mindless to me that I can really empty my thoughts and think through anything that's troubling me while I do it. And besides that, something pretty usually comes from it (plus my stamping/scrapbooking tendencies get me brownie points with my future mother-in-law). Beyond the therapy side, my creativity has always sort of given me this edge; not really in fashion, but the way I handle myself and problems that I face. I can usually come up with solutions other people can't because of it.

4. My sense of humor. It's always gotten me in trouble, but I wouldn't have it any other day. I come from the kind of sarcastic family that if you walk in the door and say "Hey!" my dad says, "Hay? Horses eat hay!" and things like that. I've fallen in a group of friends in the past whose favorite things ever are "your mom" jokes (I think during a band practice we eventually got to "your mom" jokes in Spanish). But see, it's not always nice funny things. A lot of the times people take my sarcasm wrong; especially on Livejournal (it's so hard to convey unless you've actually heard me speak). I can find a lot of things funny that most people can't, and usually point them out. My mom used to hate it (I think because it reminded her of my dad - they got divorced when I was 5 or so). But even still, most of the times it's just lighthearted sarcasm. My boyfriend and I like watching movies with the volumes turned down & pulling mst3k's on them. I just really like to be funny, and preferably, not funny looking.

5. My communication. My strongest characteristic, I think. Because of my obsession with language, with etymology, with words & the way they are formed and how they are used, I've always been able to communicate exactly what I feel. I'm a advertising/sales person, and I can't always sell everything but I can at least describe it in such a way that people know our products are honest and that we do have what we say we have, that our products offer people what they actually want (rather than what television or society or whatever else tells them they need). I love writing. I love music. I love things that express my feelings & my thoughts & I think that's what communication is all about.

What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
Again, these are described in no particular order-

1. My mean streak. Sometimes I don't know when to quit, or I don't know what people need me to do. I'm not a mind-reader, but oft-times even though I can communicate well, I can't understand what people are saying to me. Sometimes they don't say anything at all and let it stew for days before talking to me about it. Sometimes I don't even feel bad, but that's rare. What it is, I think is that sometimes I run my sarcasm into the ground. Sometimes I take it too far and it hurts people's feelings, or, if I'm not having a very good day it comes off as extremely harsh. If I'm cranky you're going to get a healthy dose of it. It's run off friends sometimes, and then I have to find them and apologize for things I don't even understand that I did.

2. My ability to get lost. I don't mean that I'm directionally challenged (though right now I don't know north from south but that's being in a new part of the world). I mean, my ability to be enthralled/or impassioned by things that may or may not matter. I can get lost in writing or iconmaking. I can get lost in redesigning my journal. Heck, when we moved, I got utterly lost in IKEA. It sounds really strange but I was so giddy in the store that we bought far more than we probably should have (though admittedly I like things being in furniture pieces rather than boxes). I get lost in music, really easily, to the point that it annoys people (especially those who don't know what I'm talking about). I'll start up a music conversation with someone and it can last for hours if they can keep up, or if they're willing to learn about the music I like. It's just that I easily end up shirking things like...doing laundry...making food...going to the store...homework...class...for all these other things and it always gets me in trouble. One would think that by 23 I had changed, but that's not the case.

3. My severe lack of punctuality. I admit it; when it comes to my whole thing about wasting time I can be one of the worst. This is one thing I have gotten quite a bit better about, if only for the fact that I know live in a part of the world where I have to make up time for actual traffic. I used to tell people "I'm leaving right now," and it'd be an hour till I'd be at their house (my future husband hates this especially, he's the most punctual person on the planet). Punctuality is really a sign of respect, in my opinion; it's not that I don't respect my fiance type person, it's just that I oft-times think my time is more valuable than his. It's a really bad thing that usually hurts his feelings.

4. My stubbornness. I can get really, really stubborn, and it rubs people the wrong way more often than not. If I don't want to do something, I just won't. If I think I'm right, then you're not. Though I'd like to always be able to see two sides of the equation, and usually actually can, it's my side that I want to win/ be the correct answer. With my boy, it's bad because we're both extremely stubborn and intelligent and both have this "I know more than you" complex (though his is considerably quieter than mine), and it results in lots of arguments and sometimes hurt feelings. I wish that sometimes I could just give in and not worry about things like that, but because of how stubborn I am, it tends to be hard for me to really back down from anything.

5. The fact that I am spoiled & therefore rendered helpless. I am a spoiled brat and always have been. I've led a fairly sheltered life (partially due to having open heart surgery several times before I was 5) and have always been a "daddy's girl". The problem lies however that now that I have moved out and am living with my long-time boy, with whom I've been almost a year now, I'm finding myself helpless. It isn't that I don't know how to cook or clean it's just that for some reason now I feel like I can't do it, because when I had questions about such things, I always had parents/friends/etc. to turn to. It's hard enough for me to ask for help as it is, because I want to do things like cook/clean/find a job, I just most of the time don't believe that I can because, like I said, I've always had someone to do it for me.

Define in your own words the following key traits:

Courage: I used to think that loyalty was courage, but now I see it differently. You don't have to 'do dangerous things' in order to have courage. Having courage is knowing that you have strength to get through anything, and not necessarily always showing it. I believe you can be very humble and yet very courageous. I think that courage is often defined by the choices we make, of course. In some settings, simply standing up for what you believe is courageous. I wonder if any of you have ever read Persepolis. When I think of courage, I think of the main character's parents in Persepolis; she lives in Iraq during a dangerous time when many were persecuted, and yet, her parents stood up for what they believed in. That to me, is courage.

Loyalty: I really see it as this. Godric's sword. Fawkes. Harry's view of Dumbledore (until the end of book 5). The way Gryffindors treat each other. Ron. Ron is a big example of loyalty. Ron is extremely loyal to Harry, though sometimes jealous, to the point that it sometimes annoys me, but I can really admire him for it. Loyalty isn't defined by what you're loyal to but how you show it. Harry showed his loyalty to Dumbledore by defending him to Tom Riddle down in the chamber. Ron & Hermione have shown their loyalty to Harry countless times, following him into danger. Loyalty is how you express what you feel - it's in your actions. You can say you "support" something all you want but until you really show it, it's all just a bunch of talk.

Intelligence: Intelligence isn't always how much you know, it's what you know. SAT scores are not smarts. Passing your state-standardized exam (don't even get me started on that really) is not smarts. Passing that makes you s-m-r-t... anyway. Intelligence is a) knowing who you are and knowing how to use your strengths to the best of your abilities and b) knowing how to move through society without being off'd due to natural selection, which does, contrary to popular belief, include knowing where, when, and how to cross a street. Intelligence is dependant on who you are in your life and what you can accomplish, not societal standards and SAT scores.

Ambition: Ambition is defined by your dreams and how motivated you are at obtaining them. Everybody has dreams and therefore everybody is ambitious in their own way. The thing about ambition is that you have to really truly want something to obtain it. You have to be willing to make sacrifices. You have to be a self-motivated, self-starting individual and I think it's all of these things that encompass ambition. I think this trait is really one of the most important anyone can have, furthermore; it can and will determine where you eventually stand in life. If you have your ambitions set high and are motivated enough to do it, you can do anything.

Name: Meredith

Age: 23.

What house do you think DOESN'T fit you? (This question is optional for those who feel they just DO NOT fit in a house. Please explain WHY.)

Hufflepuff. I don't always like doing things for others, especially if it hurts me in the long run. I also don't always like being hardworking; I only like to work hard at something that I care about. I think in the past when I have applied to be sorted, app questions have greatly overlooked my Slytherin/Ravenclaw tendencies, my emphasis on the individual, and my personal philosophies, and I hope you see that they're really not Puffian at all.

Where did you find out about us? lenabee, of Ravenclaw, my Pi Delta Pi little sis at hogwarts_elite. XD

Thanks everyone in advance :)
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    What HP character do you identify with most and why? This is an interesting one. Growing up, my mum always tried to push me towards Hermione…

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