Know thyself! How can we move forward if we don’t know and understand ourselves? What do we believe? What do we stand for? How do we see ourselves?L

Listening and reading the commentaries, views and opinions and reactions to Minister of Finance Colm Imbert’ s fiscal 2018 National budget statement in the context of T&T’s economic downturn can be or should be an important retrospective.

T&T is at an important crossroads. We are at an important phase along the journey from Slavery, Colonialism, Independence and Republicanism. Who are we?

Where do we go from here?

Know thyself.

Everybody must share the burden. T&T must answer the call. All of us must work together to clean up corruption not just violent crime...white collar crime. We need to build a better nation for a better future.

While trying to think about the way forward for sport against the backdrop of Budget 2018 someone sent me the Proust Questionnaire. And as if needing a respite from the heavy lifting of the budget contemplation, I took time out to answer the questions.

What I thought would be a few minutes of light hearted fun, morphed into a weekend’s worth of angst.

I am sharing the questionnaire as sent to me. Give the questions and your answers some thought you may surprise yourself and gain a necessary window of clarity about the way forward.

The Proust Questionnaire

1 What is your idea of perfect happiness?

2 What is your greatest fear?

3 What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

4 What is the trait you most deplore in others?

5 Which living person do you most admire?

6 What is your greatest extravagance?

7 What is your current state of mind?

8 What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

9 On what occasion do you lie?

10 What do you most dislike about your appearance?

11 Which living person do you most despise?

12 What is the quality you most like in a man?

13 What is the quality you most like in a woman?

14 Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

15 What or who is the greatest love of your life?

16 When and where were you happiest?

17 Which talent would you most like to have?

18 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

19 What do you consider your greatest achievement?

20 If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

21 Where would you most like to live?

22 What is your most treasured possession?

23 What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

24 What is your favourite occupation?

25 What is your most marked characteristic?

26 What do you most value in your friends?

27 Who are your favourite writers?

28 Who is your hero of fiction?

29 Which historical figure do you most identify with?

30 Who are your heroes in real life?

31 What are your favorite names?

32 What is it that you most dislike?

33 What is your greatest regret?

34 How would you like to die?

35 What is your motto?