Learn to know your character!



Retrieved from open culture.com

*Dear reader, if you are interested in doing Proust’s Questionnaire, you can find a blank document on Thewriterpractice.com. And to learn more about the context in which Proust’s questionnaire originally appeared, have a go on Openculture.com

This particular Questionnaire is insightful for who intends to do it seriously. It’s also a great way to kick in a moral inventory of oneself! Meanwhile, that’s what I’ve discovered about my self…

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Human death, spiritual lightness.
  2. What is your greatest fear? I’m never scared and that frightens me.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Being realist.
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Hypocrisy.
  5. Which living person do you most admire? He who lives in a barrel.
  6. What is your greatest extravagance? Being myself.
  7. What is your current state of mind? Feverish.
  8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Happiness.
  9. On what occasion do you lie? When imagining that the world could be better.
  10. What do you most dislike about your appearance? My human aspect.
  11. Which living person do you most despise? People of people magazines
  12. What is the quality you most like in a man? Pure honesty.
  13. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Genuine authenticity.
  14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “In fact… / actually…”
  15. What or who is the greatest love of your life? Mother nature (Sophia-Gaia).
  16. When and where were you happiest? A few years ago when walking hundreds of miles with a friend and a backpack on the coastal line of Bretagne.
  17. Which talent would you most like to have? I thought about asking to have a good memory… but then I wouldn’t be so creative anymore.
  18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Instead of a human body, I would like a body made of electricity.
  19. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Having finally learned patience, having stopped eating meat.
  20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? To never come back as a person or a thing, but only to remain as my true essence: a free spirit.
  21. Where would you most like to live? In a cave… or in a barrel.
  22. What is your most treasured possession? Pen & Paper (Oh shout… and Ink!)
  23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being enslaved through mind control.
  24. What is your favourite occupation? To think about everything.
  25. What is your most marked characteristic? Stubbornness.
  26. What do you most value in your friends? My valuable friends know that I highly enjoy my solitude.
  27. Who are your favourite writers? Writers who speak with their heart and with their guts.
  28. Who is your hero of fiction? I don’t know… I like fiction but I don’t like heroes.
  29. Which historical figure do you most identify with? I really love Rimbaud and Coleridge, and Nietzsche!
  30. Who are your heroes in real life? Anyone who has the guts to be his true self in this insane world.
  31. What are your favourite names? Esther, Sophie, Celeste.
  32. What is it that you most dislike? Herds, politics, fanatics, liars and damn idiots.
  33. What is your greatest regret? I don’t have any regrets: it’s all part of the process!
  34. How would you like to die? On an old dingy in the middle of the ocean at precisely midnight, my eyes staring at the beautiful stars while listening to the greatest sound of an apocalyptic thunder.
  35. What is your motto? I can only state my Mojo as the following:

Embrace the pain and have faith in the process; life isn’t meant to be easy. Don’t fear anything and ultimately free yourself from the fear of death, “life is only a comedy in which we are merely players”(1). “We are spiritual beings in a human experience”(2), so just make the best with what you have: live to love and live to become a better version of yourself since it is the only purpose of life if there is any. —Tibby

  1. Shakespear, As You Like It.
  2. Teihard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man.

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