Wednesday, June 04, 2008

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Most of you have probably read George Orwell's novel, 1984, which begins with the line, "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." You'll recall the novel's protagonist, Winston Smith, and his struggle to survive as a reluctant Ministry of Truth bureaucrat in a totalitarian state of omnipresent two-way television surveillance, blind conformity, and thought police.

You've probably also never forgotten Room 101 -- the torture chamber in the Ministry of Love where prisoners (thinkers, nonconformists, and other rebellious types) were subjected to their own worst nightmare, fear or phobia. Room 101 was guaranteed to re-educate the prisoner.

And you no doubt remember this quote, now that you see it again:


You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.


Today's Meme takes place in Room 101.

1. What is your own personal worst thing in the world?
2. How long would you survive in Room 101 before you began to reevaluate your thinking?
3. Would you rather spend time with your worst nightmares than follow accepted thinking/behavior?
4. Would you rather die than change your way of thinking?
5. What would it take to get you into the mindset of throwing caution to the wind and actually embracing your worst fear?

TWISTED LINGUISTICS brings these Words Gone Wild committing Blasfomys (God, I love that word) before the Inquisition today:

Eintstein's theories - E = MC rounded up to F

Ah, hell, I did one and now I'm nearly brain-dead. Can you guys figure out the rest?

rejuvinate
tenie-bopers
jibberish
reerring
Shes pregnate
craized
develep
broncitus
congersman
physicsian
hospitilization
adversion therapy

13 comments:

/t. said...

reerring:

making the
same mistake twice

HAPPY HUMP DAY SERENA JOY!

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/t.

PS -- am i first? am i first? hey, g-man, eat me shorts, buddy -- ha haha haha ha ahah ah aha ha hah aha ah ah aha ha ahah aaha haha hah ah ahah aha hah aha ha ha!

NYD said...

This meme has got to be the deepest and darkest one yet, Serena.

Any person who entered room 101 died.
Yet that really wasn't the worst part of the nightmare. the worst factor in walking out of the room was in knowing that you left yourself on the other side of the door and are now nothing more than a shadow of your previous self. Living with that, to me is the horror of what room 101 did to people.

puerileuwaite said...

1. What is your own personal worst thing in the world?

Enjoying a nice bag of movie popcorn, and discovering that mid-way-through, seemingly butter-soaked kernel is actually a chewed piece of gum.

2. How long would you survive in Room 101 before you began to reevaluate your thinking?

I have a very short attention span. They would have to switch fears so much that YOURS TRULY would become the torturer.

3. Would you rather spend time with your worst nightmares than follow accepted thinking/behavior?

I blog with you and my other buds, so I already do both simultaneously.

4. Would you rather die than change your way of thinking?

For $5 I would change my way of thinking.

5. What would it take to get you into the mindset of throwing caution to the wind and actually embracing your worst fear?

A trip to Virginia in order to fling myself shamelessly at a kooky married redhead with a possibly homicidal hubby.

;-)

Bilbo said...

Sorry, but I only have enough brain cells to take on a few of these today. And if I think about Room 101, it'll just make things worse.

jibberish - feeling jibbery.

reerring - making the same dumb mistake over and over.

broncitus - sickness caused by watching an inept Denver team keep losing.

congersman - one who catches eels.

physicsian - a physics major.

hospitilization - surgery to correct excessive salivation?

adversion therapy - help provided to facilitate withdrawal from addiction to stupid commercials.

VE said...

1. What is your own personal worst thing in the world?

Sales work selling something I didn’t believe in.

2. How long would you survive in Room 101 before you began to reevaluate your thinking?

About 1 minute

3. Would you rather spend time with your worst nightmares than follow accepted thinking/behavior?

No, but I’d still try and change the thinking (or at least make fun of it)

4. Would you rather die than change your way of thinking?

What if I thought I was already dead?

5. What would it take to get you into the mindset of throwing caution to the wind and actually embracing your worst fear?

Poverty

Pink said...

1. What is your own personal worst thing in the world? Yikes. I think having rats crawling on me.

2. How long would you survive in Room 101 before you began to reevaluate your thinking? I don't know.

3. Would you rather spend time with your worst nightmares than follow accepted thinking/behavior?
I'd rather think I could tolerate and overcome my worst nightmares. Am I that strong? I don't know



4. Would you rather die than change your way of thinking?
I don't think if I changed my way of thinking I'd really know or feel a loss...hard one to say...if I really changed/was brainwashed, I wouldn't feel I had given anything up...so dying then would be worse.


5. What would it take to get you into the mindset of throwing caution to the wind and actually embracing your worst fear?

I've done it before...I think it was facing a lifetime living with the fear or else working to overcome it via progressive exposure. Certainly, I wasn't thrown into room 101.

xx
pinks

Serena Joy said...

Now that you've defined it, /t., I get it. I erred and then erred again in contemplating it. Happy Hump Day!:)

It is rather dark, NYD, but it did get us thinking. I like the way you summed it up in your last sentence.:)

Only $5, Puggy? You'd sit still for brainwashing for $5? I'd be perfectly willing to part with $5 to obtain a willing guinea pig for my brainwashing experiments. Hopefully, there will be no homicide involved, but $5 does buy a lot of leeway.:-)

I see Bilbo managed to tame yet another batch of wayward words. Good job!:)

I've often wondered about #4 myself, VE. I mean, how do we know? Perhaps this is just a trial run for REAL life. Re #5, yeah, that works wonders, doesn't it?:)

I don't know, Pinks -- I'm not sure I'd last even 1 minute in a room full of rats. Ugh! I've done #5, too; sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. I think one has to try to overcome deep-seated fears, though. Thank you for some very insightful answers, Glorious Pink One.:)

G-Man said...

Nineteen Eighty Four
That Orwell sure made you think
So do you Sherry..

hehehe..xoxbgxox

Serena Joy said...

Ahhhhh. Then my work is done, Galen. Good to know. And thank you, sir, for the 1984 haiku.:)

FANCY said...

Oh my... 101-room have it some Internet connection? I get total lost if I don't have my cellphone. Who I want to spend some quiet time with must be my boss :D

Serena Joy said...

I hope your boss doesn't have you working in Room 101, Fancy.:)

Mona said...

Serena, First of all if you don't know this... I wrote my Doctorate thesis on the novels of George Orwell with extra emphasis on the latest two novels, Animal farm & 1984.

Room No 101 robbed you of your soul and you remained a dead man walking for the rest of your life even if you managed to walk away from there...

1. What is your own personal worst thing in the world?

A.To be taken for being dead while in a coma, being buried & then waking up in the grave later. ( I guess this may have to do with my heart problem & shortness of breath)

2. How long would you survive in Room 101 before you began to reevaluate your thinking?

A.I don't think I will make it to Room No 101 in the first place. i am always open to see change and accept it if it seems true. I am not into rigid believing & do not want truth to conform to any beliefs that I might have. True, it is very hard to give up your beliefs, because you have invested so much in them making you what you are now. Changing them can be like passing through fire & that an burn you there as you are. It can be like peeling of your skin. But once you have crossed that fire, you are born anew, afresh & much grown.I do not believe anything can destroy you. not even a room No 101. It can only teach you & make you grow.Even if the lesson is how you lost your soul. And then, as long as you live, there is always hope of earning what you lost, And if not what you lost, then maybe something better.


3. Would you rather spend time with your worst nightmares than follow accepted thinking/behavior?

A.I would do neither. I would not conform or follow the herd. Then on the other hand, I would accept change, like the changing water in the flowing river. I am not a path follower. I make my own path as I move.

4. Would you rather die than change your way of thinking?

A.Change is another name of LIFE. Thought or physical. If you cannot change your way of thinking, you are already dead.


5. What would it take to get you into the mindset of throwing caution to the wind and actually embracing your worst fear?

A. LOVE


Serena, I will later pick up this meme ( mine) & post on my blog Tomorrow, If you don't mind. Because I have already posted an important post on my blog today ( be sure to check it will you?)

Serena Joy said...

Mona, I did not know you wrote your thesis on Orwell. I'd love to read it.

I'll go read your post, and you're welcome to use the meme.

You've provided some very comprehensive meme answers, for which I thank you. I agree that life is all about change, but I do believe that rather than adapt to mandated thinking that I know is incorrect, I'd do pretty much anything to avoid it.