1. Click on this link: http://www.flickr.com/explore/Look at the random photo for about 30 seconds. Copy and paste it here, and write about your impression of it.
This is a coffee machine, but it is also a machine cow with customized liquid. It's interesting how we dissect "man-made" and "nature" especially with all the rage for eco-friendliness. I wonder how much we really changed since the "natural days" of farming or hunting/gathering.
2. You are with a group of people in a car, heading to a different town to see your favourite band/artist/musician. Suddenly, the car breaks down for an unknown reason in the middle of nowhere. What are your initial thoughts? What are your outward reactions?
Definitely shock. It will be like, “no way, really?”
I’ll probably stay back and just watch others check the engine or something and think about the circumstances and provide alternatives when necessary.
3. You somehow make it to the concert. The driver wants to go to the afterparty that was announced (and assure you they won't drink so they can drive back later). How do you feel about this party? What do you do?
I’ll probably feel pressured to go if I can’t get enough of my friend’s company. I’m not a party person so unless I have more interesting engagements to go home for, I’ll probably sit around and…entertain myself and observe.
I'd miss some fun if we didn't go, but it would be safer. I'd leave that to vote. And honestly, I don't know how fun the party would be; it would still be a risk despite the driver's statement.
4. On the drive back, your friends are talking. A friend makes a claim that clashes with your current beliefs. What is your inward reaction? What do you outwardly say?
First, I’d be disappointed. I’d express my viewpoints but it wouldn’t take long before I feel discouraged to continue any further because it’s *not worth my time*. This quick judgement results in a bit of anger because there’s so much loaded in my head but if I feel this person is not worthy of my explanations, the information in my head reaches a blockage. I judge negatively of the person. I don’t like having my viewpoints dissected by this thing called “logic” and I’d feel alone if I’m the only one endorsing my view.
But then, I can’t rewire their gut mainly because I don’t believe in it.
5. What would you do if you actually saw/experienced something that clashes with your previous beliefs, experiences, and habits?
a) “I guess I’ll just change or add on to the way I think then”
b) “What is this…I don’t even…” or in other words, “I can’t believe I just attempted to probe into this person’s mindset or tried to rationalized this idea because this is just absurd”
6. What are some of your most important values? How did you come about determining them? How can they change?
Compassion, because the ability to facilitate another is a sign of strength.
I think truth lies on the way people can exercise their true potential. I don’t have any explanation why, though, besides that it wouldn’t be interesting if nothing happened. This somewhat led me to the basic of Enlightenment that people should operate under their own reason and as there characteristics are in the same way fish should be happy in their right water temperature. So my pittance to people who fell out because of social harmony.
There is a part of me that wants to say “Life is not profound”. Everything that seems to be profound is a product of naivety and is merely a way of living or thinking that already exists. But if it means giving our life direction, and to just be human, it is *ok*. I imagine that by the time one is old, it will be like conquering our own versions of “Goliath (ignorance)” and that’s the way people should be.
And they change with experience when I expanded my world view. When I see how shitty this world really is, I’ll probably think something else although I don’t guarantee susceptibility.
I don’t believe in obligations in interpersonal relations. Sometimes moral dilemma occurs on what I should do but it doesn’t prevent demotivation and stress.
7. a) What about your personality most distinguishes you from everyone else? b) If you could change one thing about you personality, what would it be? Why?
a) I’m pretty damn awkward. I have trouble meeting strangers because there seems to be too much I can say. Like a seizure, I guess.
b) I wish to be more informed. I wish I can be a bold and fearless extrovert because I imagine that sensation to be like adrenaline. Actually, I already do that with friends. I just wish I can do this with strangers provided that I have the interest to do so.
Oh, and I wish can find my keys for once and do things on schedule and according to as planned. Just quick snap movements instead of dilly dallying.
8. How do you treat hunches or gut feelings? In what situations are they most often triggered?
Acknowledged. Expressing them right away is not always wise however. If I try to suppress them though, I found from experience that I’ll only lead myself to chaos.
a) What activities energize you most? b) What activities drain you most? Why?
A) Silly retarded conversation with friends, losing myself in RPG’s and drawing. Thinking about past mistakes and how I’m still embodying in me the flaws but there is more relief than energy when I reflect.
B)It seems like I can’t stay in groups for long especially if I have no relations I really approve of because then I’ll feel too “owned”. Oh, and work with deadlines. Actually just deadlines others set on me causes some complications because I’m not efficient with how I prioritize tasks.
10. What do you repress about your outward behavior or internal thought process when around others? Why?
b) I reserve my judgements on people. Let them fulfil, for example their needs/self-assertion/glory if lecturing on values.