Awfully Personal Question for June 12, 2004

that's awfully personalWelcome to That’s Awfully Personal, an opportunity for blog writers and readers to reveal a little more about themselves than might normally happen during the daily blogging process, and hence get to know each other a bit better. It’s a little like the late, great Friday Five, but more challenging. Each week our Awfully Personal Panel will post one or more new questions for you to answer on your blog, or in the comment space below if you don’t have a blog.

For more on how That’s Awfully Personal works, please see the How to Play section below. Here is this week’s Awfully Personal Question:

A genie appears before you and says: “I am merely an apprentice genie, so I can’t grant three wishes, but I have the power to change the personality of humankind. If you want me to do so, you must complete each of the following two statements with a one-word adjective that describes a human quality or character trait. The word you choose for the second question can’t be the opposite of the word you chose for the first. Are you ready?
(1) I wish every human on Earth was __________.
(2) I wish no human on Earth was __________.”

The genie then waves her hand and makes it so. The question is: What are the two adjectives you would choose? How much would you, yourself, be transformed by the genie’s changes? Describe a situation when you exhibited the trait you chose to abolish in statement (2), or wish you had exhibited the trait you chose to give everyone in statement (1).

Thanks to the lovely and talented Christine Wolak, a/k/a/ Catnmus, for this week’s awfully personal question.

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  5. If you have a suggestion for Question of the Week, e-mail us and our Panel will review it and, if selected, they will acknowledge you as the author with a link to your blog. Questions should ideally be challenging, so that the answers will be revealing (when answered honestly). But this isn’t Truth or Dare — we want people to want to answer honestly and to have to think a bit before they do.
  6. “That’s Awfully Personal” was developed when The Friday Five closed down. The questions are more thought-provoking and, well, more personal than most Friday Five questions. If they’re too serious for you, here’s a group that is resurrecting The Friday Five, which you might enjoy instead.
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