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  9. Rule 1# Always post the rules.

    Rule 2# Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked, then write 5 new ones.

    Rule 3# Tag 5 people then link them in the post.

    Rule 4# Tell the person who tagged you that you’ve answered the questions.

    Thanks mdme-butterfly for tagging me. I couldn’t sleep tonight so it gave me something to think about :)

    1. What tropes do you feel apply to your life?
    This is a somewhat bizarre opening question. I’d have to say I’m the Unlucky in Love Guy, or the Always Sick but Optimistic Guy.

    2. What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

I dunno. I suppose various iterations of political choices. I joined the ALP (Labor) at 19 and was accused by several uncles of being a communist amongst other absurd things. That was hurtful and tough, but I’m hard-headed so I went ahead.
    Then I, from within the party, tried to fight the CPRS (carbon tax) which I was morally opposed to. Lost a number of friends, and with hindsight it was probably more stupid than brave. But at least I fought for what I believed.

    3. Did you do it of your own free will, or out of necessity?
    Both really. I didn’t enter politics to sit quietly and nod politely, so I was somewhat compelled by my freedom…

    4. What was the outcome of your endeavour?
    I’d like to think that my initial decision to join the party (even though I walked away for a period in 2012/13) and ensuing involvement has helped some quality people be elected.

    5. What’s the meanest/harshest thing you’ve done that you can still rationalize? (I mean this one well; what’s been the hardest decision you’ve had to make might be a better way of putting it perhaps. There is a difference, after all, between difficulty and bravery.)
    Eeek. How personal do I want to go? Look, a few years ago I had deep feelings for this woman, adored her, but she chose to date another guy - I was devastated. By the time things got serious I knew the guy was an arsehole, but I didn’t say anything because I knew she’d trust/believe whatever I told her, and I couldn’t bear to see her go through pain and heart-break.
    They’re still together, but she’s miserable -I can rationalise my decision, and even extricate myself from blame, but given the chance I’d do things differently.

    6. What’s the best photograph you’ve ever taken?
    (Oh good, happy things!)
    There’s 10years between my youngest sister and myself, when she was younger I used to put on these pink ears and call myself Matty Mouse - she loved it. One time, when she was about 8, in my infinite wisdom, I put on a dress and the ears, set up a camera and surprised her at her bday party. The photo I got captured perhaps the most complex emotion she’d experienced - embarrassment, excitement, disappointment, confusion. It’s great.

    7. What’s your favourite piece of art? Why?
    Can I be a hipster and recognise art as any tangible construction of expression? Yes, good. Thank you.
    ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’ by Dylan Thomas. Beautiful lyricism and imagery with a strong message about the eternality of love and beauty.

    8. Chess or poker?
    Poker. More wits and strategy.

    9. Favourite mythological figure? Why?
    Hercules. Because ‘Go the Distance’, ‘Won’t Say I’m In Love’ and ‘Zero to Hero’ probs wouldn’t exist without him :)

    10. If you had the opportunity to thank one person—at present deceased or otherwise—for what they’ve done, whatever that might be, who would you thank?
    David. Like, THE David.
    He’s empowered so many people over thousands of years to be warriors for their people, and their God. Whilst this historically, has not always worked out well, there’s no mistaking his influence and intent to lead with wisdom and integrity.

    11. Myers-Briggs type? Do you find this accurate?
    Yeah, nah. I’m a psych grad and am on the ‘It’s inaccurate, oversimplified and unhelpful’ side on the debate.
    I’m a melancholic deep thinker who thrives on social relationships and isn’t afraid to take the stage.

    Some nosiness of my own:
    What in your life has had the profoundest impact on your view of the world?
    Three elements, if I may.
    The Bible, Deaths of 3 close friends, Suffering anaphylaxis.

    If you could only ever own one book, what would it be?
    Probably cheating - but ‘The World’s Contracted Thus’ - a terrific anthology of poetry across the ages.

    What are your thoughts on large crowds?
    Exciting. Just a mass of potential and beauty, whatever it’s doing.

    What’s the most unpopular opinion you hold?
    Utilitarianism - the view that an individual can/should be sacrificed/suffer for the good of the collective majority, if necessary. (Don’t ask me who decides, I don’t know.)

    Can you whistle?
    Yes, quite good at it.

    What did you want to be when you grew up?
    Foreign Corespondent/Journalist

    What do you think is Humanity’s greatest achievement?
    Democracy or the BigMac.

    How often do you smile?
    Very regularly :)

    New Questions:

    Do you feel that you get enough sleep?
    Favourite 90s pop song?
    Are the antics of Miley Cyrus and Niki Minaj, as they claim; legitimate expressions of feminism? (Your honest opinion).
    Do you have a celebrity role model? Who?
    What’s your deepest/greatest fear?

    Ok, so I’m meant to tag others? I don’t know many people so I’m tagging some of my favourite blogs: pearls-andcoffee, zooeyclairedeschanel get-radiical overdresstoimpress with-grace-and-guts :)

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  10. Outing myself.

    For mdme-butterfly - who has a truly lovely, if occasionally obsessive, tumblr ;)

    URL: Love and Other Folly
    IRL: Matthew
    Nickname: Binny, Harbo, Matty
    Birthday: May 20th 1989
    Gender: Male
    Sexuality: Straight.
    What time and date is it there: 12.55am, 19 September 2014 (Adelaide, Australia)
    Average sleep per night: 5-7 hours.
    Most used phrases: “No, I’m not currently married.” “For the sake of clarity…” “No, I’m not joking, I’m ACTUALLY going to find and marry taylorswift. We will play guitar and write poetry together and it’ll be beautiful, have 10 kids and teach them how to dreeeeeeeeeeeammm.”
    First word that comes to mind: articulate
    What I last said to a family member: ‘Ugh, Rachael shut up, you’re sleep talking again!”
    One place that makes me happy and why: Sitting in my car, I only got my licence at 25, so my car is something deeply personal and a place where I find solace. Already gone there to read, cry, rage and write.
    How many blankets I sleep under: I’m cold-blooded, I sleep inside a sleeping bag with a thick blanket on top.
    Favorite drinks: Earl Grey Tea, Lemon Tea, Frozen Grape Fanta/Coke Mixed Slushy
    Last movie I watched in theaters: If I Stay (After enjoying the book in June) Muchos tears.
    Three things I can’t live without: My Lord, my guitar, music, my family
    Something I plan on learning: how to act more graciously
    You have to listen to this song: Pour Que Tu’Maimes Encore - Il Divo (Phenomenal Italian cover of ‘If That’s What It Takes’ by Celine Dion)
    A piece of advice for my followers: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” -Dumbledore (My parents wouldn’t let me read Harry Potter as a teenager, so I missed out on Dumbledore’s sage wisdom until recently :)

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