Kiba (kibarika) wrote in platform_934,
Kiba
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*squint* Talking hats feel weird on your head.


If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

I think I would make people, including myself, think before they act more than they do now. I would want them to consider the effect of their behavior on other people, and to have empathy for them. I believe if everyone in the world were a little more empathetic, it would be a much more peaceful place. I would like this, because conflict unsettles me.

What makes a person respectable?

I feel like there are two meanings to the word “respectable.” One is a societal one – in which case, having a noble job, dressing in a tidy fashion, and being polite make a person respectable. This sort of respectable person is one you respect in a professional sense. You appreciate that they contribute to society, though you may not have great personal respect for them. The other sort of meaning describes a person whom I myself can respect in a very direct way based on my own knowledge of their character. This type of person, above all else, treats others with respect. This person does not go out of his or her way to hurt other people. This person treats other people as equals.

What do you look for in a friend?

I like friends who are humorous and well-read. I like for my friends to have vocabularies similar to mine, because it makes communication easier. I like my friends to be interested in esoteric things, things that make them different from the common crowd. I have the hardest time making friends with people who don’t like to discuss philosophical ideas or hypothetical situations, but who are always concerned with practical facts. This is not to say that I want impractical friends – I just want them to be imaginative. Some people can be both practical and imaginative, and those are my favorite people.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies including webdesign, video games, reading, and singing. I used to be heavily involved with theatre, but I have been less so recently, mostly because of lack of opportunity. I really like to discover new movies and music. The excitement of a new find is valuable to me, especially because I usually take a while to warm up to new things. I also enjoy crochet and hope to get better at sewing.

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

I have and I would again. I would not give time or money to a charity just to be able to say I had. I really don’t care if other people think I’m philanthropic. I doubt it would raise me in their esteem. If I am going to give time and/or money to a charity, I want it to be one near and dear to my own heart. Thus I am more likely to make a donation to a literacy project or to a foundation for autism or the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation (my brother has autism and Crohn’s disease) than to a larger, more general charity. I would be more interested in donating to a legal clinic that ensures children get the educational services the law guarantees them than a more general charity like the United Way. I want to be sure my time and money are going to things I think are especially important.

What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
I think I would like to influence the lives of other people positively. I am a teacher, and if I can make one student feel more unique, or cause one student to think of things in a new light, that is the kind of influence I would like to have. I would also be happy to influence others by writing a book or working in political office. I want to do something actively to improve the world, though I’m not too picky about what that thing is. I’d like it to involve opening people’s minds to possibilities they hadn’t previously considered.

Who is your role model?
I have a hard time answering this question. I think I am going to go with what is probably a cliché and say my mom. I say this because my mom is one of the smartest people I know. She has received all kinds of academic honors. Her idea of a good time is reading a good book. I admire how incredibly smart she is. I also say it because she is one of the sweetest people I know. She is not sickly sweet. She is not full of crap. She genuinely cares about people, all people. I am especially impressed by the way she treats children like full human beings. I think a lot of people treat children the same way they treat pets, without respecting them very much. My mother always gives children the same respect she gives adults. Finally, she has suffered through much hardship, especially medical, but still manages to be an incredible support for myself and my siblings. That kind of devotion to family is something I admire immensely. (I am now wanting to add my dad as a role model too, but you only asked for one, so I shall stick with my mom.)

What trait most annoys you about other people?
I am very annoyed that most people (myself included, unfortunately) are very inconsiderate. Few things grate on me more than hearing about how one of my friends got very angry at another friend, expressed their anger, but didn’t say anything about WHY they were angry. How hard is it to take a step back for a second and think before you lash out at someone? Even for myself it’s difficult sometimes, but I’m trying to be better about it.

What do you want to do for a living?
I am currently a teacher. I would also like to write for a living, or act on stage (but not in movies). I like to express ideas and to talk about myself (as you may have guessed from my lengthy answers to these questions). I think acting is fun and would like to spend more time doing it because it gives me a chance to escape from the real world for a while. I like fantasy more than reality. I’d also be happy as a book or theatre critic, I think. They get to examine the flaws in fun things (books and plays are two of my favorite things ever), and I really like picking things apart. It means it's not much fun to discuss movies with me, because I just analyze all the bad parts, and try to figure out if they were intentional choices or overlooked mistakes.

If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
The first thing I would do would be to see to my friend’s health. I would try and get them emergency medical assistance if necessary. Once that was taken care of, if I believed that the person or animal that attacked them did so with malicious intent, I would probably seek revenge on that person or animal.

Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
I would definitely use an Unforgivable Curse if it was necessary to defend one of my loved ones. I am not an especially violent person but just the thought of someone hurting a member of my family, my boyfriend, or a close friend of mine makes me angry.

What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
1. I’m analytical. This is valuable because I try to find exactly what is the problem in any negative situation, pinpoint it and fix it.
2. I’m also intuitive. (I promise those two things aren’t antithetical.) Intuition is very important when dealing with other people, because you can generally see through whatever face they might have put on. I think it helps you be more compassionate.
3. I try to treat all people with basic respect until they show me that they aren’t worthy of it. I think everyone deserves to be treated as I wish to be treated, but as soon as someone intentionally treats me or others poorly they lose my respect. I think it would be silly to reward someone's negative behavior with unconditional respect.
4. I strive to be honest, though I don’t always succeed. Honesty prevents a lot of problems. If people are honest with their loved ones and bring up problems in a calm and rational manner, they are less likely to fight.
5. I am loyal to those who are loyal to me. Much like with respect, I don't believe treachery should be rewarded with unconditional loyalty. I take betrayal very seriously. I also take commitment very seriously. If I have committed to something, I will keep that commitment at virtually all costs.

What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
1. I’m stubborn. This makes it hard for others to change my mind, even if they are making a better case than I ever could.
2. I don’t take criticism very well. This means that when I see a flaw in myself, I work hard to correct it, but when others see flaws in me I am hurt and grow defensive.
3. I am self-fascinated. I think I am the most interesting person/thing ever. This makes for conversations that I find scintillating that others find somewhat dull.
4. I am painfully shy. This keeps me from doing important things like calling to get utilities cancelled when I move, so I end up having to pay extra. It also means that when I make new friends they have to make the first overture, and many people don't want to do that.
5. I have a tendency to blurt out inappropriate things in social situations where I feel awkward (for example, if I am in a group of people and the other people are telling dirty jokes, I might go a step too far and tell one that would make them all fall silent for a minute – and only THEN would I realize that it was inappropriate). I severely lack a sense of appropriate social behavior (though even now I am much better than I used to be), and I think knowing what to say and how to say it makes a person's life go much more smoothly.

Define in your own words the following key traits:
Courage: Courage is the ability to face a challenge without fear or to overcome fear in a very high-pressure situation.

Loyalty: Loyalty is the willingness to serve a friend or loved one in any way necessary. I think Loyalty should be reciprocal. If someone will not be loyal to you, I don’t think it’s worthwhile for you to be loyal to them.

Intelligence: Intelligence is a combination of things. I think often intelligent people are alienated from the real world, and would rather live in the world of their minds. Intelligence can come across as cleverness (the ability to see the world and speak about it in a particularly unique way), quick understanding (the ability to learn new skills and information rapidly), or great depth of knowledge (being an expert in one or more areas, and being able to talk about those areas of expertise especially competently with other people).

Ambition: Ambition is a desire to achieve greatness. It is possible to have both ambition and honor, though often it is easier not to do so. Ambitious people are, I think, to be admired. That kind of drive to achieve is impressive to me. Ambitious people who treat others poorly simply because they can are not admirable, but I don’t believe it is necessary to hurt others to achieve one’s ambitions.

Name: Kiba
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.)
I think I don’t belong in Gryffindor. I am very slow and deliberate in my decision making (like the Ents, but cuter). I tend to flounder in high pressure situations. I know what to do in emergencies where I have previously considered what I would do in those situations, but when presented with an entirely new crisis I become overwhelmed. I don’t think these are qualities of Gryffindors, who I think are known for their bravery, part of which I think involves the ability to decide what is the right course of action and to pursue that course of action whenever it is necessary, whether or not you have time to plan.

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