Meme: My Reflections on 2008

There’s an ongoing meme chain that’s spread to this part of the blogosphere and I thought it’s interesting enough for me to follow it. This blog is called “memeverse” afterall. :)

I’ve copied the questions from Thomas Jollan’s entry.

Q: What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
A: I took the blue pill and alienated a friend. Nothing was same since.

Q: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for the next year?
A: I didn’t really make any explicit resolutions, albeit for what I could find marked here mostly not, except I made progress in finding out more about myself (what I love to do etc.). I grew quite a bit mentally in 2008. For 2009, I had my resolution back in August. :P

Q: Did anyone close to you give birth?
A: Amazingly enough, yes, my youngest sister. No she didn’t plan it. :S

Q: Did anyone close to you die?
A: Nope.

Q: What countries/states did you visit?

A: None.

Q: What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A: Even more confidence. Maybe more self-discipline. More clarity of purpose. More money.

Q: What was your biggest failure of the year ?
A: Nothing terrible, but one thing that does come to mind is I’ve probably taken a little too much time thinking and analyzing and not enough doing stuff.

Q: What was your biggest achievement ?
A: I finally put an end to Freedomware Gamefest? LOL Nope.. Well, I’d have to say lots of personal growth, at least on the mental side… But I still have ways to go. I don’t remember a year where I had so many discoveries and when I felt so empowered as in 2008.

Q: Did you suffer illness or injury?
A: Nothing special.

Q: What was the best thing you bought?
A: Didn’t buy a lot of things, but among the things I did, I think it’d be my 640GB hard drive. Finally, no more disk space worries. :D

Q: Whose behavior merited celebration?
A: I don’t know.

Q: Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

A: Previously mentioned former friend T. But it didn’t make me really depressed. The fact that it meant as much to me is more of a weakness though. And I’m beginning to care less.

Q: Where did most of your money go?

A: Rent, bills and savings. :D

Q: What did you get really, really, really excited about?

A: Hmm.. hard to say. My life ahead and things I could accomplish? Easier said than done though, of course.

Q: What song will always remind you of 2008?
A: Uh.. dunno.. bunch of awesome trance tunes. Let’s just say I listened to a lot of trance internet radio.

Q: Compared to last year, are you:

* happier or sadder ? Happier.

* thinner or fatter ? About the same I think.

* richer or poorer ? Hmm.. same or perhaps slightly richer, but given the crisis this barely matters at all.


Q: What do you wish you’d done more of ?

A: Going out… Maybe traveling, but that’s prohibitively expensive for me and my goals atm.

Q: What do you wish you’d done less of ?
A: Worrying and procrastinating.

Q: How did you spend Christmas ?
A: With my family, except for dad and a sister who is working on a cruiser in the Gulf of Mexico. I spent the evening of the second day of xmas with dad though.

Q: Did you fall in love in 2008?

A: No.

Q: How many one-night stands?
A: None.

Q: What was your favourite TV programme ?
A: I probably watched least TV this year. I watch video podcasts via miro, youtube and such, but can’t pick an absolute favorite yet. Stefan Molyneux’ video podcast is a good candidate.

Q: Did you make a friend with anyone that you didn’t know this time last year?
A: Probably not. I met people online though.

Q: What was the best book you read?
A: The Market for Liberty vs. Think and Grow Rich

Q: What was your greatest musical discovery?
A: None really. I loved trance. I still love trance. I like some ambient. A friend was exposing me to some rock music, but me and acoustic music.. aren’t quite compatible. Electronic sounds all the way!

Q: What did you want and get?
A: That hard drive I mentioned, some extra memory, some silver (not plates, coins! lol )

Q: What did you want and not get?
A: I planned on getting a touchscreen smartphone like Neo Freerunner by the end of the year, but didn’t due to financial conservatism. The crisis that announced itself big time in October cemented that decision. I’m not buying any luxury items any time soon, unless I hit a pot of gold..

Q: What was your favourite film of this year?
A: V for Vendetta

Q: What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
A: I was with my family, same as christmas, eating cake and talking… 24.

Q: What one thing would have made you year immeasurably more satisfying?
A: Hmm, I’m not sure. Maybe if everything I discovered in 2008 I discovered earlier and then everything I’m about to do in 2009 or even further in the future, like 2010, I actually already did in 2008. That would make me a rich boy right now. :D

Q: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?

A: Fashion? I don’t dig fashion. I’m an individualist. Ahem.. I didn’t buy much new clothing, if any..

Q: What kept you sane?

A: I did! Duh.

Q: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
A: I don’t really track celebrities.. but briefly I felt enamored by Natalie Portman, that is, Evey Hammond in V for Vendetta. I remember at that time thinking that I probably couldn’t have a romantic relationship with someone who isn’t a voluntaryist and wouldn’t share the path I as a voluntaryist choose. So this was more about the character than an actor actually..

Q: What political issue stirred you the most?
A: The fact that people still think it’s ok to impose their “solutions” by force through government. More specifically, the Obama mania in USA, all of the bail outs across the world, the financial crisis (which was caused by political action) etc.

Q: Who did you miss?

A: My sister on the cruiser.

Q: Who was the best new person you met?

A: Nobody..

Q: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008
A: If I genuinely oppose violence I cannot support a government as we know it. If chaos is caused by violence then it follows that there is more chaos when there is violence legitimized through government than it would be if it wasn’t so. Order therefore emerges when there is no violent imposition. Free market is the ultimate form of order. Government and collectivism, including the idea of public property, is chaos, and we’re living in it. We call it order because we haven’t experienced anything more orderly than this. Compared to real order, though, this is chaos.

Q: Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
A: Can’t think of anything. EDIT: Scratch that, this isn’t a song, but has what I could call the sound of 2008 for me: “Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gun powder treason and plot.. ” Get the rest in the movie or a comic. It’s packed with powerful quotes.

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  • Dial T for Troll ;)

    I'm breaking a new year resolution here, but then again one always has to speak up against propaganda, doublethink, misinformation, half-truths, etc…

    If chaos is caused by violence…

    Is it? Or is violence caused by chaos? Or is the relationship between the two more complex than that? Would you consider N-Korea (as an extreme example of a communist dictatorship) a country in chaos? It certainly isn't a good place to be, but as far as I know it is very orderly. It is also difficult to imagine a more repressive government.

    then it follows that there is more chaos when there is violence legitimized through government than it would be if it wasn’t so

    No, that doesn't follow, it is possible that government-legitimized violence leads to a smaller total amount of violence.

    Never mind that the "if" part of this "if-then" doesn't hold.

    Order therefore emerges when there is no violent imposition.

    Ignoring you're basing this on the false reasoning before it, you at least got this half right. In absence of actual physical violence (that is, not counting threats), order may emerge.

    Free market is the ultimate form of order.

    That statement is simply bizarre. The free market is the ultimate form of chaos. Sometimes it's ultimate constructive chaos, and at other times it's destructive chaos (but I wouldn't call it ultimate destructive chaos).

    Count the number of brands for any product in a free (or as free as it gets in this world) market (choices, choices, choices), and do the same thing for the same product (if they have it at all…) in a communist country (one brand for normal people, and one for government officials). You get the idea.

    Order isn't necessarily a good thing, and chaos isn't necessarily a bad thing. But calling things "chaos" without a proper argument about why they would be chaos (and why they would be BAD chaos) is a popular propaganda technique. It's a shame to see you use it.

  • Dial T for Troll ;)

    By the way, I will leave you alone below posts in which I don't get mentioned.

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    So Taco, now you resort to trolling?

    You see Korea as orderly because you fail to designate the oppression and violence that hangs over everybody's heads and the inherent self-contradiction of statist ideology as a violation of order. The "order" you speak off is merely a cover for the often unspoken and avoided recognition of endless conflict and contradiction, between self and the abstract "state" and the impossibility of "public property", "common good" and other oxymorons.

    Democratic societies merely allow the frustrations that come off these contradictions to come to the surface more often, but they usually come in form of attacks on the effects of these contradictions rather than contradictions themselves.

    Your "violence leads to less violence" is a contradiction itself.

    So there is the argument for why I call it chaos. Legitimization of violence as moral poses that one is not moral to choose for himself when somebody else already chose for him, yet you cannot exist as anything else but your self. Violence therefore immediately induces a contradiction.

    You apparently cannot understand the concept of emergent order, which explains why you would call a free market as the ultimate form of chaos. Everything in nature provides an evidence of emergent and evolved order yet here you are, yet again, arguing how order must be imposed top down. Reality refutes you, nature refutes you. And I pose you to be an immoral person if you believe that it is right for you to coerce me into accepting your own values and choices.

    Do not post to this blog again. Do not email me. Get out of my life. You have neither the obligation nor capacity to "correct" what I say nor convince me. I will never abide to someone who wishes that I accept being violated as a good thing.

    Goodbye.

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