I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” – Nikki Giovanni, African-American Poet

I’ve been incubating a cultural virus from the blogoshpere for two months now and it’s giving me a terrible itch I have to do something about it. Yes, a virus! It’s called “meme” (pron. meem). Richard Dawkins, coined the term “meme,” defined it as:

…a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation… Just like genes propagating themselves by leaping from brain to brain via a process, called imitation.

Meme travels through the blogosphere, partly from brain to brain as one has to answer them, but technically, from page to page, leaving a trail that can be monitored through what they call the linking system.

What is its effect then? The originator of the meme will boost his/her ranking through the Technorati or any other system which considers “backlinking”!  That is the principal effect of this virus. Popularity, more visitors, economic satisfaction perhaps?! (more visitors=more pubblicity impressions).   Am I right?

Memes can be a key in the evolution of culture. But if memes diffuses uncontrollably, our thoughts will just become a “copy-paste-product” than original creations. The culture of the blogosphere will cease to advance and will only self-replicate. If this will happen, the blogosphere will just become a reproduction, with selfish end for popularity system.

I am still new in the blogosphere, my observation about the dynamics of this meme virus is open for critical thinking. I said it’s giving me a terrible itch, because its symptoms manifest only to one thing: to talk about yourself!

I am not keen about interviewing myself per se. I can talk about personal experiences like what I’ve observed and learned just like what my blog is all about.

So, what am going to do with this virus? I am going to group them together, make an ultimate vaccine shot by replying once and for all! I am not going  to replicate each questions like an interview portion. I will answer them in my own way like what I did with the second meme I received.

Here are some secrets of my realm.

Events and persons connected to me.  Do you know why?

  • 1972
  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law and signs General Order No. 1 which orders the arrest of opposition leaders, media censorship, banning travel to other countries except for diplomatic missions, abolishing the Philippine Congress, establishing dictatorial government, take-over or sequestering of public and private corporations and suspension of classes for one week in the Philippines.

  • 1997

    In Saudi Arabia, British nurse Lucille McLauchlan is sentenced to 500 lashes and eight years in jail for accessory to murder.

  • 1973
  • Juan Peron is re-elected President of Argentina after being ousted from the position   almost 18 years earlier.

  • 1846
  • German Astronomer Johann Galle discovers another planet – Neptune.

  • 480BC
  • Greeks defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis to halt the Persian advance into Europe

  • 480 BC
  • Euripides, Greek playwright (d. 406 BC)

  • 63 BC
  • Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor (d. 14)

  • 1930
  • Ray Charles, American musician

  • 1943
  • Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer

  • 1949
  • Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter

  • 1713
  • – King Ferdinand VI of Spain

  • 1861
  • Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist

  • 1915
  • Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

  • 1916
  • Aldo Moro, Italian politician

    I took this weblogger personality test >>>bloginality test



    The result?   I am an ISFJ!!!

    As an ISFJ, you are Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging.

    In blogging, your journal will always be immaculate and have a touch of style. You may also feel overwhelmed because you want to be a part of everything going on. Because of your wonderful memory, other bloggers may come to you to ask about things you posted months before.

    I definitely  agree with these results:

     My relationship as an ISFJ

     My portrait as an ISFJ

     My life as an ISFJ



    Are you getting a better picture of Ross now?

    If you still want to know more about myblogging life’s purpose, please read my first meme  and third meme.    My said posts jibed to this present meme’s queries. 

    The upper slide show will give you an idea where I live, the different jobs I had, the places I’ve been, the food I eat and my favorite films.

    I am not forcing anyone to take this meme because I deliberately grouped this blogger’s virus. If you are interested to know what this meme is all about, please visit the beautiful sites of Des, Diwa, and Vince.

    My dear co-bloggers, thank you for tagging me. Please forgive me, I didn’t follow your rules. I just needed to follow myself, to create things the way I want it to be.

    For this reason…I’m presenting …


    I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” – Henry David Thoreau

    Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.” – Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

    He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.” – Philip Massinger

    We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” –Jean Guitton

    The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

    Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.” – D.H. Lawrence, Pornography and Obscenity

    To wash one’s hair, make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. – Sei Shonagon

    We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.” – Natalie Goldberg

    You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” – Jerry Gillies

    There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.” – Sri Chinmoy

    Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within.” – Laurence van der Post

    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894

    Think positively about yourself…. ask God who made you to keep on remaking you.” – Norman Vincent Peale

    Each of us is something of a schizophrenic personality, tragically divided against ourselves.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

    I was right not to be afraid of any thief but myself, who will end by leaving me nothing.” – Katherine Anne Porter

    The only man we have any respect for, is he who uses all the endowment he has, and uses it until he bleeds.” – Martin H. Fischer

    And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius

    There are at least two kinds of cowards. One kind always lives with himself, afraid to face the world. The other kind lives with the world, afraid to face himself.” – Roscoe Snowden

    So you are lean and mean and resourceful and you continue to walk on the edge of the precipice because over the years you have become fascinated by how close you can walk without losing your balance.” – Attributed to Richard M. Nixon

    The outward man is the swinging door; the inner man is the still hinge.” – Eckhart

    Self-destruction is the effect of cowardice in the highest extreme. – Daniel Defoe

    My life has been one great big joke,
    A dance that’s walked,
    A song that’s spoke,
    I laugh so hard I almost choke,
    When I think about myself.” – Maya Angelou

    What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables, 1822

    It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” – Agnes Repplier

    I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” – Sylvia Plath

    In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

    The words “I am” are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you’re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.” –A.L. Kitselman

    A man is ever apt to contemplate himself out of all proportion to his surroundings.” – Christina G. Rossetti

    People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, 1841

    Your soul is all that you possess. Take it in hand and make something of it!” – Martin H. Fischer

    The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed. – The Sickness Unto Death

    We are sure to be losers when we quarrel with ourselves; it is civil war.” – Charles Caleb Colton

    Sometimes at night I light a lamp so as not to see.” – Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

    The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.” – Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude

    All men are sculptors, constantly chipping away the unwanted parts of their lives, trying to create their idea of a masterpiece.” – Eddie Murphy, 1979

    I feel my body, my mind, weighted down – all is heavy – but my blood, my inner fire, my passion, the little unburdened kid in me, patiently wait to burst free. Some of us die never having burst.” –Drew Sirtors

    The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual – namely to You.” – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892

    Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book shown to him by heart, and his friends can only read the title.” – Virginia Woolf

    At this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That’s wonderful, and I’m happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself?” – Phillip C. McGraw, The Ultimate Weight Solution: The 7 Keys to Weight Loss Freedom, 2003

    It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused.” – Marcel Proust

    A wise man never loses anything if he have himself.” – Michel de Montaigne, translated

    We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us. – W.B. Yeats

    Who has not sat, afraid, before his own heart’s curtain?” – Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies, “The Fourth Elegy,” translated from German by Albert Ernest Flemming

    We do not deal much in facts when we are contemplating ourselves.” – Mark Twain

    Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.” – Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind

    The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one’s self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.” – Michelangelo

    Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.” –  H.F. Hedge

    There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” – Hindustani Proverb

    Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror.” – Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

    I loathe the expression “What makes him tick.” It is the American mind, looking for simple and singular solution, that uses the foolish expression. A person not only ticks, he also chimes and strikes the hour, falls and breaks and has to be put together again, and sometimes stops like an electric clock in a thunderstorm.” – James Thurber

    My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

    No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys.” – Doug Horton

    When I look for my existence I do not look for it in myself.” – Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

    The power inside you is energy amplified.” – Claire Todae

    Do I contradict myself?
    Very well then I contradict myself.
    (I am large, I contain multitudes.) – Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1892

    Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man – the biography of the man himself cannot be written.” – Mark Twain, Autobiography, 1924

    Misfortunes one can endure – they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one’s own faults – ah! there is the sting of life.” – Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere’s Fan, 1892

    One’s only real life is the life one never leads.” – Oscar Wilde

    A criminal becomes a popular figure because he unburdens in no small degree the consciences of his fellow man, for now they know once more where evil is to be found.” – Carl G. Jung

    When the fight begins within himself, a man’s worth something.” – Robert Browning, “Bishop Blougram’s Apology”

    Many a one cannot loosen his own fetters, but is nevertheless his friend’s emancipator.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

    Some things become so completely our own that we forget them.” –Antonio Porchia,Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

    It is not impossibilities which fill us with the deepest despair, but possibilities which we have failed to realize.” – Robert Mallett, Apostilles, 1972

    Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, “This I am today; that I will be tomorrow.” – Louis L’Amour

    There is luxury in self-reproach…. When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us.” –Oscar Wilde

    Take the time to come home to yourself every day.” – Robin Casarjean

    If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.” – André Maurois

    That’s the thing about needs. Sometimes when you get them met, you don’t need them anymore.” – Michael Patrick King, Sex and the City, “The Good Fight”

    There is as much difference between us and ourselves as between us and others. – Michel de Montaigne

    Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit. – James Russell Lowell

    The only person you should ever compete with is yourself. You can’t hope for a fairer match. – Todd Ruthman

    If we cannot be happy and powerful and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.” – Elbert Hubbard

    Unjust. How many times I’ve used that word, scolded myself with it. All I mean by it now is that I don’t have the final courage to say that I refuse to preside over violations against myself, and to hell with justice.” – Lillian Hellman

    Only you can set you free.” – Living Colour, “Cult of Personality”

    I say me, knowing all the while it’s not me.” – Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable, 1953

    Everything that I bear within me bound, is to be found somewhere else free.” –Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

    You grow up the day you have your first real laugh, at yourself.” – Ethel Barrymore

    I am my own heaven and hell!” –J.C.F. von Schiller

    When your inner and outer energies radiate in harmony, you are blessed and spiritually magnetic.” – Jasmine Heiler

    Falling, falling, falling, falling down. Look yourself in the eye before you drown.” –Emily Saliers, “Center Stage,” Indigo Girls, 1989

    We must be our own before we can be another’s.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I asked God for strength that I might achieve. I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

    I asked for health that I might do greater things. I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

    I asked for riches that I might be happy. I was given povertythat I might be wise.

    I asked for power that I might have the praise of men. I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

    I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

    I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am, among all men, most richly blessed.” – Unknown

    Remember that if we are created in the image of God, then that makes US the CREATORS…SO CREATE!!.. if God is Love… WE are LOVE… act like it… and GO LOVE! Let everything you do be a creation of your reality in the name of Love.
    Yurii DeLaney

    It’s like, at the end, there’s this surprise quiz: am I proud of me? I gave my life to become the person I am right now! Was it worth what I paid?” – Richard Bach

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