the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

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Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.

11/06/2005

Contagious Thinks

THAT MEME. I should never have done it.

Why did I bite when I'd always ignored memes which to me, always seem too much effort for fluff? Because it bit me. Randomness coupled with minimum effort requirement. Nothing could be more alluring to an idle and lazy mind. Mine, that is.

Oh, don't get me wrong. Randomness by itself never has a snowball's chance in hell with me. Da Ma Cai will never get a sen of my hard-earned ringgit.


But bundle it up with minimum effort, twiddling thumbs and time to kill, what's to lose? On the contrary, when synapses simply refuse to fire up the neural network, it's a blog post.

But I really should have known better.

As if the first one were a virus, three days ago, another one popped up in my mailbox. This one was long. It came bearing questions that require unpacking. Me being me, long and seemingly innocuous questions always trigger a mouse-click. And here's the catch :

Memes are contagious ideas, all competing for a share of our mind in a kind of Darwinian selection.

Ah so. A survival of the fittest of ideas. I certainly have seen how that applies to other people's blogs. And I can certainly see, how it is now insinuating itself into mine. Sigh

A friend recently started re-thinking his worldview and chose to share his responses with friends, in meme fashion.

Well, of course, being far from lazy or idle this past week, had I felt so inclined, I could have done such navel-gazing the web way. But then, I never obsess about my navel - not any more, anyway - since my belly went under covers the day my dress size got promoted.

So why did I bite? How did it manage to bite me?

You see, my genes betray me. I'm a sucker for reciprocity. It'll be the death of my anonymity, layer by layer - one day.

Anyway, having expended much think-time and effort on this meme, I might as well blog it - for whatever it's worth. Who knows, it might be contagious enough to reward me with little glimpses of other people’s worldviews.

;)

There are six questions to which I will post my personal responses; one per post, in the coming days. One by one, because the depth of thought my friend attached to each response, was well… contagious.

1. What is your constant mindset and philosophy for everyday life? (when not having a bad day)

2. What is your mood and mindset when performing mundane and/or repetitive everyday tasks?

3. What goes through your mind when you meet the eyes of someone you don't know? How do you act/react?

4. What causes you to get out of bed with a "spring in your step"? (when you don't have something special to look forward to)

5. Are there any people that cause you unease for no apparent offense performed? How do you deal with this?

6. What goes through your mind and how do you react to a perceived indirect insult during a casual conversation?

If this meme interests you, feel free to pick it up for your own blog. Alternatively, you are most welcome to do it with me in the comment box. I'd be most honored :)

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4 Comments:

Blogger Lucia Lai said...

i haven't come across the word 'meme' until i started blogging. to me these are just questions that are passed around - didn't know they are known as meme.

wow percolator! your meme is so... er... difficult... er... i mean it require deep profound thought. it's not like some of the other 'childish' meme that goes round e.g the books i read now, the music i like to listen, the person i admire and so on.

come to think of it, meme is a good way of revealing oneself, eh. i might collect a few meme to respond then put them up permenantly under a 'get to know me' section!

10:49 PM  
Blogger Empress Baggie said...

Dear Percolator:

The Queen of The World is impressed with these questions and wishes to share her own personal answers.

1. What is your constant mindset and philosophy for everyday life? (when not having a bad day)

Her Majesty takes each day as it comes and lives each day to the fullest. She tries to maintain a nutty blog to at least keep her laughing at herself, if for no one else.

2. What is your mood and mindset when performing mundane and/or repetitive everyday tasks?

Mundane and repetitive tasks are important to the overall success of EVERYTHING. You must keep in mind that each mundane, repetitive thingiedoodle should be completed with as much care and consideration as anything else you do. That's what Her Majesty believes, anyway.

3. What goes through your mind when you meet the eyes of someone you don't know? How do you act/react?

The Queen looks at those folks right smack in their eyes and smiles. Most often the smile is returned. It's so pleasant and rewarding.

4. What causes you to get out of bed with a "spring in your step"? (when you don't have something special to look forward to)

Not being a "morning" person, The Queen of The World" doesn't usually arise with a "spring in her step." Just being honest, folks.

5. Are there any people that cause you unease for no apparent offense performed? How do you deal with this?

Her Excellency reminds them to whom they are speaking. But, seriously, if Her Majesty believes she has not performed any offense, she will calmly ask the person causing the "unease" to explain their feelings. If the person is cooperative with that, then The Empress will ask the person to offer suggestions as to how such "offenses" may be avoided in the future, if it was indeed an "offense" after all. Most of the time the complainant will not get past the part where they have to explain his or her feelings, and if they do, then they usually cannot come up with any suggestions for improvements.

Her Royal Majesty always invites open discussion and teamwork, as long as it pleases The Empress.


6. What goes through your mind and how do you react to a perceived indirect insult during a casual conversation?

Her Majesty usually guffaws loudly at any perceived, indirect insults during casual conversations, as The Empress has been known to dish out a few herself. She who can dish it out can surely take it.

However, when it's obvious that an insult is a serious one, The Queen may immediately interject an "I beg your pardon?" into the conversation to halt the dialog right there at the insult. The insulter must then either explain the insult in such a way as to make it a lighthearted joke or apologize for being rude and insensitive.


Percolator, keep up the good work on your blog! Her Majesty has enjoyed it!

Very truly yours,
EB

9:42 AM  
Blogger percolator said...

wThere you go, lucia,
Let Her Majesty the Empress Baggie show how it can be fun, funny and easy.
Oh dear, by contrast, my take is gonna sound so staid and boring...

EB,
LOL! What a mirth-inducing take, Your Majesty! It's got my bellybutton wiggling! Thanks muchy, it's takes like this that perk me up and remind me not to take myself too seriously.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Memes are contagious ideas, all competing for a share of our mind in a kind of Darwinian selection. "

But Darwin erred badly and implied an ammoral and meaningless world. People clung to him - many out of disdain from their religious leaders and their inadequate "persuasion", by way of rigid doctrines.

I don't give any credence to the mechanical and hollow science of overhyped Darwin.

~wits0~

2:44 PM  

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