Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

Interview meme, still running.

girl_thing interviewed me.

1] Do you find religion provides you with the answers to the questions otherwise unanswered?
I have many, many questions. And some of the questions are obviously, clearly, not questions for religion. Even the ones without answers. By training I'm a scientist, and I really do believe in science, in the scientific method. It's the best technique we have for pinning down exactly how the world works. It tells us what's going on, it describes for us what happens behind the scenes.
But there are other questions for which science is no help at all. Many of the questions about why things are the way they are find no answers at all in the scientific method. And for some of these, religion has answers. And for some, I'm not sure even that there are answers, from any source.
I'm uneasy at claiming that what I have is "religion". There's a whole rant about religion, which you may have read -- it appeared in my LJ previously, and was published in issue one of "Convers[at]ions". Read that, if you haven't already.

2] What is the one thing you could not live without?
The easy answers -- air, water -- are not what you're looking for here.
There are things whose absence don't bring life to an end -- but whose presence make life liveable. These are the same for me, I'd imagine, as they are for many other people. Faith, which I profess in preference to religion, is one of them. Hope is one, Love is another. St Paul told us which of these three was the greatest, and I think I agree. Friends, and all the mutual support and assisted sanity which they provide, are very important and life would be hard without them. I could go on, but I think you see the point.

3] Is there anything you haven't done that you'd like to do?
I want to travel to Washington DC to meet scarlatti in person, to find out if things are going to work in person, to find out if the last few months are going to turn into the next forty years or not.
When flick interviewed me, she made a point of excluding scarlatti from permissible answers -- I'll pretend you've done the same.
This is a hard question. I don't yearn to do stuff that I've not done before. Often I want to repeat things I've done before, but that's not what you're asking. I'll answer a slightly different question, about what I want to be able to do but have never succeeded in: I want to learn to run organise my life, to do household administration easily and efficiently. I can cook, I can mend, I can clean (although I never do), but I never got my head round all that doing bills and answering the post stuff. It's a block, it needs fixing.

4] What is the best feeling you've had/the best thing that has ever happened to you?
It was totally astounding, consumingly delightful, addictively wonderful, when I realised what was going on between Anne and me. Not just that I felt that way about her, but the knowledge that she felt that way about me too. And it stayed being like that. There was really no contest, up to a few months ago -- if you'd asked me this question last autumn, there would be only one answer.
Now there are two. Two answers, I mean. I suppose that's sort of evident.

5] What's the most important thing for you to have in a relationship?
That's been evident too, especially recently. Good communication. Easiest answer of the five.

I repeat the instructions for the meme:
If you want me to interview you, post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.

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