Friday, 18 May 2007

Cogito (deinde scribo), ergo sum

Slouching Mom has tagged me to participate in a meme, the instructions for which are to write several statements beginning with "I am".

She begins her compilation by saying '…this, by the way, is not unlike one of the most widely used personality tests known as the "sentence completion" task. I’d recommend not drawing conclusions about personality on the basis of the sentence completion task, because as an assessment tool it is neither valid nor reliable. And with that I’d like to conclude today’s lecture on personality testing.'

Thinking up 'I am' sentences is turning out to be a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. It may not be a good test of personality but it is testing. Ah, well. Here goes:

I am thinking. I am writing. I am thinking some more.

I am a procrastinator.

I am sitting in my office, surrounded by piles of paper, on the floor, on the desk, on the worktable, each pile representing a job that I need to get done.

I am not doing these jobs.

I am thinking up sentences starting with 'I am', wasting valuable working time. Um, that's not true.

I am wasting valuable time I could spend reading blogs.

I am convinced that I am blowing this.

I am.

Cogito {deinde scribo}, ergo sum.
I think {then I write}, therefore I am.


  1. Ah, but you haven't blown it at all! You simply took all those "I am's" and compressed them into some fifteen minutes, whereas I (and those before me) took them as grander pronouncements, with a timeframe equivalent to one's entire life.

    I like your take on it better. And, as a bonus, it's much more Zen. Living in the moment...

  2. Oh, very nice...Cogito {deinde scribo}, ergo sum would be a great blog tagline!