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03 May 2005 @ 11:51 am
Birthdate Meme  

Your Birthdate: March 20
Since you were born on the 20th of March, that means you were most likely conceived some time around mid-June.

Assuming, of course, that you were delivered on time.

A March birth signifies that you were born in Spring or Autumn, depending on which side of the equator you were born on.

If you were born on the equator itself, however, it makes little difference, since it was probably stinking hot anyway.

As for your personality, that is actually determined by a combination of genetics and upbringing.

Otherwise, you would have an identical, or extrememly similar personality to every other person born on this particular day of the year, and that is demonstrably not the case.

You are unique, and don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.


 
 
 
sjlsjl on May 3rd, 2005 05:32 am (UTC)
I sense a certain amount of hostility from you on the whole meme thing.

Not that I believe this to be misplaced, mind you -- quite the opposite...
Jacobyak_boy on May 3rd, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
Actually, I have nothing against a good meme.

The memes I don't like a the randomly generated ones.

What I object to in this particular meme is the whole "I can predict your personality based on when you were born" bullshit.

Aside from the fact that someone basically made up a pack of lies about being able to predict personality, I find the entire concept insulting because it implies:

  • That humans are easily categorised.

  • That there are only X different types of people in the world, grouped by something as arbitrary as date-of-birth (as opposed to year of birth).

  • That your upbringing is not important in determining your personality.


The first two points are insulting to the human race in general, because they do not allow for the richness and complexity that is apparent if you just take the time to notice it in the people you interact with in day-to-day life.

The third point is insulting to my parents, my family, my friends and even my school teachers, who all had a hand in shaping my present personality.
Jacobyak_boy on May 3rd, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
Although, don't get me wrong, I do believe that categorising different personality types can be a useful psychological tool.

But, only when it is based on actual science, rather than arbitrary distinctions and stuff that's just plain made up.

So, something like the Myers-Briggs test, can be useful for introspection, but you have to be aware that it isn't the be-all and end-all of personality.
sjlsjl on May 3rd, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
Sorry I touched the nerve. :) All fair comments, mind you, and yes, it's rather ridiculous when you get right down to it. Hence my comment about the hostility not being misplaced.

Wasn't thinking so much about the non-random memes, although too many of those are far too arbitrary in their own right as well; at least, though, they make some semblance of being related to the real world.
Jacobyak_boy on May 3rd, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, it wasn't you who touched a nerve, it was the author of this meme.