Thursday, June 09, 2005

Meme Me!

I've gotten some interesting feedback so far on my meme request. Thanks to all who've commented, and thanks to all who've thought about commenting but haven't yet.

Let's see if I can do some more 'splainin' about this idea:

What I'm not looking for is specific questions about specific issues--especially 'hot button' issues. I'm looking for questions that help distill a person's socio-political ethos down to whatever their core values are.

, for example, wrote: "What are your feelings regarding stem-cell research?"


"Should the gov't be able to make the decision to let someone starve to death, who's been in a "vegetative state" ( and I use that term loosely) for 15 years...WHEN her family is willing to pay for her care for the rest of her life....Just because her husband wants her to die?"

That's a little bit--no--WAAY into the 'hot button' area.

So let's see what we can do with about:

"When does life begin?"

"Is it possible to be a human being without consciousness?"

"Does your life end when your heart stops beating, or when your brain stops working?"

I'm not looking to start-or continue--arguments here. I'm looking to help people figure out exactly what it is that they believe.

suggested: "if you could replace George W. Bush with anyone else as President of the United States today, who would you choose, and why?"

That's more like it. Maybe, though: "If you could choose any individual--real or fictional, currently alive or from history--to be President of the United States today, who would you choose, and why?"

And Daniel chimed in with "If you were a war, what war would you be?"

Barbara Walters, Daniel!

My only problem with that question is that it's too easy: If I was a war, of course I'd choose the exact same one as everyone else: The First Taranaki War, the conflict that took place between Māori and Pākehā in New Zealand from March 1860 to March 1861. (Not to be confused with the Second Taranaki War, which wasn't even all that warlike.)

Keep 'em coming! Tell your friends! Let's make this happen!



Blogger Melanie said...

B? "When does life begin"? IS the issue in stem-cell research.

Okay, I'm going to stop now. But, yes, I "get it".

Hey, what about: "Just because Clinton got his cock sucked by Monica...and then got caught..does that override the good things he did while in office"? It might to the MORAL majority, but not to me. Sorry...I love him...

8:59 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

what is a meme?

9:19 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Mark said...

Is Howard Dean a secret Republican operative or just an idiot?

9:22 PM, June 09, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Mark: meme (n)-A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

In this instance, we're talking about those emails that...aww hell. Just read the previous post.

Misty--you're just trying to jerk my chain, aren't you?

I think I like that...


4:54 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Melanie said...

B: I'm sorry, it was that damn Chuck E. Cheese. He tried to feel me up :)

Why is it every time you call me Misty, I feel like....

5:22 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Internet flirting. The way forward or one of the markers that indicate modern life is rubbish?

6:07 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...


Name 3 moments that for you could represent the end of civilisation.

6:07 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...


6:25 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Tommyblaze said...

Okay here are some:

"Should everyting there is to be had be able to be had by everyone?"

"If, somehow, (just go with this) you are given indisputable proof that there is NO God*, how would your behavior, thoughts and politics change? Likewise, assume you are offered the same proof in reverse and you now believe there IS a God* - how would you change - if at all?"

"The sexual freedom of the 20th and 21st century: benefit or detriment?"**

* None of this; "but what is God?" stuff I'm talking about the traditional Judeo-Christian God.

** You can't say "both". Take a stand, weigh it out - and offer a bottom line analysis.

10:47 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Terrific question, Tommy! I hope to start putting this together this weekend.


10:54 AM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Yeah Tommy's question's were sweet but I do like my 3 markers of the end of civilisation.

Sorry about making you go 'ow'

1:53 PM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

They're all going on the meme.

Is THIS too hot-button: "Is it possible to support in-vitro fertilization and NOT support stem-cell research?"


2:20 PM, June 10, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...


6:43 AM, June 11, 2005  
Blogger Phreadom said...

balloon pirate: I like your fleshing out of my idea.

tommyblaze: I like your ideas as well.

2:21 AM, June 16, 2005  

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