Proverbially Speaking / Chapter 20

New Age Memes

“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?” (Proverbs 20:6)

Here’s an example of what the following article will consider as far as New Age memes are concerned: “Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”

So many similar memes, often attached to colorful photos or art, or which depict some popular talking head in that movement, are spread all over the Internet. I agree with the foregoing statement up to a point. However, it needs to be considered more deeply than at just face value. We need to start thinking instead of singing, “Meme a little meme with me.”

We need to examine what memes are actually designed to do. I had no idea about this until I began to explore what memes are. For that I would refer you to its dictionary definition first of all. “Meme: an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation. A humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users. From “memetic” mēˈmetik, originating from the 1970s, from Greek mimēma ‘that which is imitated,’ on the pattern of gene. Fascinating, eh? For a more in depth read, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme . It may surprise you.

Certainly there is bashing and hatred out there. We all know what it looks like. All anyone has to do is go to a You Tube conversation thread on just about any subject, and what bashing looks like will become quickly evident.

However, there are those of us who can disagree without being disagreeable (although stern expression is considered disagreeable in a soft culture), but it’s not going to take place in a You Tube thread, since it seems that most of the people participating in those have lost their minds and capacity to actually think and reason, and they certainly show complete lack of self control, self respect, or respect for others. Driven by unacknowledged fear, in defensive posturing, they feel obligated to lash out or strike back. Largely they do what the above verse from Proverbs speaks about – proclaiming their own “goodness”. Or so they perceive.

First of all, we live in a politically correct matrix, which quickly labels everything promoting traditional values as bashing, hatred, or some sort of discrimination – especially what has consistently allowed for life and good throughout aeons of history. Perennial Wisdom, or traditional values, is acknowledged by the mature and wise because it works to support life and has been proven as such throughout history. Thinking people will either ignore memes or carefully examine what they may actually be communicating in a more in depth manner.

However, much of the mindset today thumbs its nose at Perennial Wisdom and thinking in favor of simplistic feel-good memes. Anyone who embraces and loves Wisdom, and promotes it, is called a “basher” or a “hater”, whether or not that is so.

What about the possibility of referring to people who think as “thinkers”?

And frankly those of us who represent traditional standards are fed up with being pushed and bullied by the pop culture, which some have come to represent without even knowing it. We keep quiet because we don’t want to be labeled as haters, but it’s becoming evident that we also must stand for our thoughtful promotion of what we love – in the face of being politically incorrect and refusing to acknowledge foolishness, immaturity, and rebellion as the way to live.

All the focus on “what you love” is not going to change the escalating temperature of the fires for the frogs boiling in the pot who don’t even know they’re sitting in it, if said focus is not in the camp of, frankly, godliness! It may have its day, but it is destined to disappear.

What’s trendy and “cool”? How can I fit in and go with the flow? Well, the flow is described in the foregoing paragraph. Personally it’s not where I want to be. It’s not “cool” to come to a full rolling boil and not even realize it. Go ahead, boil in your “bliss”… focusing, promoting what you “love”.

If someone attempts to awaken people to the facts of the corruption unfolding around us, and what could be done to correct it, they are labeled “haters”, or at the very least “negative”. Truth has become negative. Repentance is considered a dirty word. Scripture foretells or describes many such epochs. (Refer to Jude 1) We happen to live in one now.

But here’s the thing: Just because you have been granted the “right” by a corrupt system doesn’t make it right. There are higher laws, written into the Universe by the Supernal Source from which it came. It is that to which you will answer, no matter how much so called “positive focus” you may think you have about what you love and promote. If it is not in sync with the Way of the Supernal Source, your “positive outlook” isn’t going to make the pot in which you boil go away. Only the embrace of what has been honored as Wisdom throughout the ages can do that.

You may embrace New Age memes but they are not Proverbs or Perennial Wisdom long honored, cherished, and promoted by the wise. Here’s my “meme” in response: “Promote life supporting Godliness, instead of bashing it with political correctitude.”

“Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

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