“Worse than not realizing the dreams of your youth would be to have been young and never dreamed at all.”
– Jean Genet
“What transforms this world is — knowledge. Do you see what I mean? Nothing else can change anything in this world. Knowledge alone is capable of transforming the world, while at the same time leaving it exactly as it is. When you look at the world with knowledge, you realize that things are unchangeable and at the same time are constantly being transformed.”
— Yukio Mishima
Knight was gracious enough to tag me in this, and provided some amazing questions; Here are my answers and tags for others, feel free to answer as you wish:
Here are the rules:
- Give 11 questions
- Tag as many people as you want
- Answer the 11 questions given to you
- What is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?
2. If you could recommend one book and/or movie to the rest of humanity, what would it be?
3. Describe the strangest thing that has ever happened to you.
4. What poem or piece of writing has had the biggest impact on you?
5. Who’s your favorite artist? (Music, visual art, or writing)
6. Was there one moment that changed your life in some way? If so, what was it?
7. Share a song with us.
8. What are your spiritual beliefs?
9. What do you miss the most? (Person, place or thing)
10. What is your ultimate goal in life?
11. What skill have you yet to master?
What made you start writing ?
I’ve been writing since childhood. It helps me organize my thoughts and I enjoy it.
Your favorite writer/ poet ?
That’s a hard one. Currently, I love Thich Naht Hanh’s books on basic mindfulness practices, but in terms of a long term relationship with a writer/poet, it’s Allen Ginsberg . I used to walk around with a printed out copy of his poem “Howl” in my coat in high school.
A fear yet to conquer
I’m weirdly afraid of succeeding. I have a long history of getting within spitting distance of a goal, and then going off in a weird direction/distracting myself with something else and losing the opportunity or messing things up for myself.
Ooh, boy. I dunno. I’m pretty easy-going and calm, unless I feel like someone is violating the basic laws of being a human being. I don’t end up in these situations a lot, but I will call whoever it is on what they’re doing, and calmly destroy them in about five sentences. Yeah, it’s a cool talent and usually gets whoever it is to stop doing whatever they’re doing, but seeing me in “attack” mode freaks people out.
Also there’s no hallmark card that says something along the lines of: “Sorry for pointing out that you were doing the same thing your asshole father did to you when you were a kid when you were attacking a someone for doing something minorly wrong/being in a situation they didn’t create/etc.”
Your ultimate goal in life
A stable, quiet life.
Will you call yourself an introvert or extrovert?
I’m pretty strongly introverted, but I’m actually kind of good at jobs like cashiering and working front desk at a hotel. If you just focus on filling the other person’s needs and making sure they have a good experience, it’s not that hard.
Your Zodiac sign
Western: Sun: Pisces, Moon: Aries, Rising: Cancer.
Interesting note: I have several combinations of planets that are linked to a heavy tendency toward addiction.
I don’t know a lot about the technical aspects of vedic astrology, but I had a birth chart done by Kapiel Raj about a year ago. Vedic astrology tends to be more predictive, and deals more with long-term patterns than western astrology.
In terms of romance, I’m something called manglik, which has stigma attached to it, and basically means I have bad luck in love, and it’s likely that I’m going to marry late…or I’m going to unintentionally kill my spouse with my overtly fiery nature. It seems to depend on who’s talking.
Weirdly enough, he said there’s a chance in the next few months that I’m going to meet a tall, fair man through friends who works in law enforcement, something like a probation officer, and it would be my “ideal” match.
I don’t know how much weight I put on that, but I’m amused because my type is more along the lines of “short, dark, and has a probation officer”.
…seriously, I get this image of me walking next to some tall blonde giant and it makes me laugh…my boyfriends are generally closer to 5’7 than 6’7….
I could never go to this guy’s place of work, I’d probably know like half the dudes in the waiting room…
Also, my career aspects are weird, and it’s recommended that I work for myself, and I have several healer/shaman aspects and should consider a career in alternative medicine.
Chinese: Earth dragon, no clue what any of that means beyond what you’d read on a placemat at a Chinese restaurant.
Movie you have watched hundred times and can watch over a hundred times more and still relish it
Beetlejuice, my first favorite movie. I wore out the tape and ate the box as a small child, and still enjoy it as an adult.
If given a chance , which famous personality would you like to date ?
Out of those people who are living, not approximately 100 years old, and attracted to women (which narrows things down to a depressing degree)-we’re left with Damian Marley, who I believe is married.
He’s scarily intelligent, spiritual, and is a kinda “street”, which is what I like.
Okay, so he seems more than a little street here…
Also in real life, I have a horrible time understanding men with Jamaican accents. Women from the islands I understand, most people with accents don’t throw me, or at least for long, but I’m pretty sure every man from Jamaica that’s dealt with me thinks I’m a little deaf and a little slow.
Your Favorite writing genre
Spirituality/Recovery from addiction/Self-help
The decision you regret the most
Hm, it’s hard to pick, but there’s a guy (actually there’s a couple like this, but this guy is in his own league) who’s been in and out of my life for years, but we’ve basically been in each other’s social orbits for about fifteen years now (which is approximately half my life, thank you very much). Every time he reappears, my life turns into complete chaos and I’m totally thrown completely off balance in 2 weeks to month. He’s basically a human poltergeist.
It sounds like I should have figured this out sooner, he displays a lot of normal “toxic” traits, but literally some of the stuff that happens in my life when I’m around him are a) totally unrelated to him, b) really weird and just kind of inexplicable.
If I could have never met him or decided to befriend him, or the in the very least decided to stop giving him the benefit of the doubt so much, that would have helped me out.
Like, have you seen the Dark Knight? The last time we saw each other was (hopefully) as close to this moment as I’m going to get in my own life…and it was substantially less dramatic…also, this better be the one time in my life I compare myself to Batman.
Ahaha…I don’t feel like the Harley Quinn to his Joker, I feel like the Batman…
Whenever we hang out, it’s like 2-6 hours of mental chess that always ends with:
Him: ….crazy whore….
Me: …white trash thief….
Is there such a thing as a “dark” soulmate? Like someone that’s going to eternally mess with you without even trying half the time? We run into each other sometimes randomly at gas stations, through friends we didn’t know were mutual, etc.
I actually asked him out approximately three months ago based less on my attraction to him and based more on how astronomically weird I find this situation, we have a really weird synergy and I thought that maybe like having a more traditional relationship with him would change the mind-bending elements of this relationship, or at the very least extinguish some lingering questions. Now he’s my second biggest reason for moving a minimum of 2-3 hours away…
This book is 160 pages of dense information ready to blow your head off at the slightest provocation. I’m familiar with existentialism, and this book nearly killed me. Thomas R. Flynn is highly educated and intelligent, but seems unfamiliar with making concepts accessible to laymen. He does do a nice introduction to basic philosophy, but gets bogged down too much in the history of the movement and in-fights between contemporaries.
I wanted a broader introduction to the form of philosophy itself, but this book was invaluable in learning more about philosophy in general, improving my vocabulary – now instead of day-to-day, I can just say quitodian and alienate EVERYONE IN THE ROOM, ALL AT ONCE
I really wouldn’t reccommend this book unless you’re already somewhat knowledgable and interested in existentialism.