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Ptolemy Tompkins

Ptolemy Tompkins has been an editor at Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines and is the author of four books. His writing has been featured in Beliefnet.com, Harper’s, TheNew York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in New York.
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Ptolemy Tompkins
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I'll have to to go with Heraclitus' line: "Character is fate." Which doesn't mean that I think I have a particularly good character. I just think it's true.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A benign poltergeist would be pretty fun, at least for a while. Maybe in the future.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. I'm a fan of all the usual ones.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. The psychologist Carl Jung said somewhere that at bottom, everyone's greatest fear is hell. Not the Christian hell, necessarily, but a place of ultimate darkness and negativity. A place that's DOWN, not UP. I think he was right. Well, he was right about me at least.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Robert Bly

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