Friday, December 01, 2006

So now I'm just part of a very elaborate brainwashing scheme?

I googled "meme" to find a fun questionnaire to fill out, and discovered a site that gives the true meaning of meme. (Which quite obviously has its roots in the French word même.)
meme: (pron. 'meem') A contagious idea that replicates like a virus, passed on from mind to mind. Memes function the same way genes and viruses do, propagating
through communication networks and face-to-face contact between people. The root
of the word "memetics," a field of study which postulates that the meme is the basic unit of cultural evolution. Examples of memes include melodies, icons, fashion statements and phrases.

Memes on the internet are all those jokes, prayers, pleas for help urgent warnings of virus that people endlessely send to your e-mail inbox all day... Which you have to watch out for and you can check out at to see if whatever is being said actually has any truth to it. That wasn't exactly what I was looking for.

Neither was this:

Christianity is a meme--a mind virus that lives in the minds of people and is spread through proselytization and other means.

Christianity is a meme about God, but it has no other connection to God.

The Christianity Meme has been shaped purely by natural selection--the law of survival of the fittest--as it has played out in human minds. It is a sophisticated product of cultural evolution.

Being a "true Christian" infected by the Christianity Meme will subject you to aid its survival through its adaptations that allow it to exert control over human behavior. As a consequence, the more Christian you are the more you are prone to certain kinds of immoral behavior.

The Christianity Meme is not bound by the moral principles it carries. We seek to expose Christianity for what it is and we advocate a conscious and rational approach to morality in its place.

As a consequence, the more Christian you are the more you are prone to certain kinds of immoral behavior. Hunh?! Immoral? So christians are immoral now? I see what's happening here. Some guy who didn't get the candy he wanted, has decided, in true adolescent fashion, to justify his actions/beliefs by calling ours immoral. You can't physically prove God exists. You can't physically prove that your mind exists either. "I think therefore I am" But who can prove we actually think? We know we do because we've experienced it, and we know other people do too because we have experienced the output of their thinking. Use your mind and you develop it. Let it lie dormant and you will lose it. Children who are not in contact with other humans and do not learn to speak when they are young will never think either. Your soul is not so different. If you want proof that God exists, pray. Pray hard. Pray sincerely. Use your soul. You can only know God through your soul, not your body, because God is spirit, not physical. Use it or lose it. The above is what happens when you lose it.