These questions were shamelessly stolen from Joey's Pad.
1. Are you proud of your country, if so why and if not why?
I'm not sure if "proud" is the right word. I feel fortunate to be living in Canada for all the obvious first world reasons. Relative to other countries, our government isn't entirely shameful; we don't seem to be in immediate danger of going bankrupt; and our healthcare system is decent. I'm not tempted to move out of Canada in the foreseeable future.
2. What have you given back to the world you live in and/or what do you intend to give in your life time?
I sponsor a couple of children through World Vision, and I support a few other charities. I love to help out a good cause. But I feel that the most meaningful thing I can "give" is my love, time, and attention, to the people I care about. I feel most satisfied when someone says they feel better or have gained an insight after speaking with me. It's a mixed blessing to have a lot of opportunities to help people through their troubles.
3. Are you afraid of death?
I don't feel afraid of my own death at the moment. I'm more afraid that it's going to sneak up on other people and snatch them away from me.
4. If you were to meet God in real life what would you do?
I would bask in the Glorious Presence and probably be absolutely overwhelmed by awe.
5. Would you want to make the future not mysterious?
Sometimes I dream or sense things before they happen. It's never made life any easier, however it does reassure me that certain things are "meant to be". That makes it easier for me to accept what happens, because clearly a lot of it is outside of my control. I'm not much of a would've-could've-should've person.
6. Will you stand up for banning capital punishment, if not why?
I don't have to, because it's not legal in Canada at the moment. Putting that aside, do I believe that the death penalty is an acceptable option? Based on my qualifications as a regular watcher of true crime TV shows, I'm going to say "no", simply because I've heard too many stories of scapegoats being wrongfully convicted of murder, only to have the verdict overturned years later. The death penalty is one of those bells that you can't un-ring.
7. What would you like to be if given a choice - king, an elected ruler or a fascist?
I'm going to go with king. There's less pressure without having to worry about elections all the time. I would be a really nice king, so people wouldn't be upset to have me ruling in perpetuity.
8. Would you like to be like somebody? If so why and if not why?
Mostly I'm happy to be myself, but if I had to pick a role model I'd go for the Dalai Lama.
9. Do you think emotions are for weaklings? If not why?
Who wrote these questions? No, of course not. It takes great courage and self-discipline to deal responsibly with one's emotions. Ignoring your emotions is always terrible as a long-term strategy. You can put them off for a while (and sometimes that's appropriate) but in the end they'll come back and bite you in the bum if you repress them for too long.
10. What in your opinion is the reason for the misery in the world?
Selfishness, short-sightedness, and poor communication combine in a trifecta of misery-making.
11. If there is another life what would you want to be, male or female?
I'd like to be male next time. Being female is alright, but I'd like to try life without the hormonal roller coaster, and also, I'm always up for trying something new.