Mel sat down with the Founder of Rock Art Love to answer some questions so we could learn more about the heart and soul of one of the world’s greatest heroes and advocates for the homeless.
We utilized the Proust Questionnaire to learn more about what makes Mel tick.
WHAT DO YOU REGARD AS THE LOWEST DEPTH OF MISERY?Homelessness - which is so much more than just not having a roof - it is about isolation, loneliness, no love, no family, exclusion, marginalisation.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE? A city which bustles with life and creativity like Barcelona or St. Petersburg AND a small isolated village by the sea.
WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF EARTHLY HAPPINESS? Walking along a deserted Scottish coastline in autumn with my wife.
TO WHAT FAULTS DO YOU FEEL MOST INDULGENT? I forgive absolutely all those dreamers with grand plans which appear impracticable.
YOUR FAVORITE HEROES OF FICTION? George Smiley (the master spy), Scrooge (it’s possible to change completely), Sherlock Holmes, Gandalf, Philip Marlowe.
YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS IN HISTORY? Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dickens, Scott of the Antarctic, Sir Edmund Hilary, Carnegie, Mandela (still living).
YOUR FAVORITE HEROINES IN REAL LIFE? Eunice Kennedy Shriver (Founder, Special Olympics), Grete Waitz, Matina Navratilova, Mary Robinson, Aung San Suu Kyi.
FAVORITE HEROINES OF FICTION? Lishbeth Salander, Sophie (Sophie’s choice), Anna Karenina.
FAVORITE PAINTER? Dali, Miro, Van Gogh and Arthur Melville.
FAVORITE MUSICIAN? Bruce Springsteen.
QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A MAN? Kindness.
QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A WOMAN? Empathy.
FAVORITE VIRTUE? Humility.
FAVORITE OCCUPATION? Social entrepreneur.
WHO WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED TO BE? An artist like Miro, a musician like John Lennon or a sportsman like Muhammad Ali.