posted on Oct, 20 2013 @ 02:35 PM
I was told that this was the place for this post; if it is not please
move it to a more appropriate place.
Since my first conscious thoughts I've noticed that nearly everyone
lies all the time; both to others and to themselves.
This used to baffle me more than I can express.
I think I was 6 or 8 and I was scratching my head about nearly
everything I saw on the new; in particular I saw the problem
with peak oil as a symptom that our technological society
was on unsure footing.
I saw my mother lie to my father; my father lie to my mother.
I determined that if a person was breathing they were probably
Now with much research, I came to learn that humans are social
animals, and that a humans place in society, how they are viewed,
etc. are of paramount importance to them, and that from an
evolutionary standpoint, the invention of lying made sense.
In short, in their very bones, humans seem to feel that lying is
a necessary part of life; in fact it is lying that makes human
society run; makes it possible.
Now what I call "lying" others call 'social skills' or 'their public
face' or 'the way of the world', etc. At the very least lying
is seen to be a necessary evil which humans can't live
Now I get this. When one's wife asks if she looks fat, the pure,
unadulterated truth is probably contra-indicated. When the
boss asks you if you are screwing off on the Internet, I suspect
that most don't say what I say, which is "Yup! You caught me
The popular belief seems to be that society would implode if
everyone told the truth all the time.
Now I've also been utterly fascinated by the amount of lying
that people do 'in their inner worlds'.
Various concepts get implanted in people's brains. Call them
memes. These memes or 'social viruses' are a double-edged
sword. On the one hand, they are like bits of precompiled
computer code, which various brains have developed over
the years or the millennia.
Memes have evolved via a process like Darwinian evolution
to fit into pre-existing 'hooks' or 'vulnerabilities' in the
human mind. Otherwise they wouldn't 'stick'. Examples
of vulnerabilities are the fear of death, the fear of being
alone, the fear of being rejected, the desire to be loved,
the desire to be accepted. These are just a few.
Memes provide positive benefits; just take any of the
vulnerabilities listed in the previous paragraph, and
memes provide a 'sugar pill' to make all of those
things more palatable.
Now the real problem with memes, is the ones which
get embedded in the very young, when the child is
defenseless. These memes become a part of the core
cognitive equipment of the child; part of the core
sense of self. For example a person raised with the
Muslim meme or the Scientology meme, or the
Materialist meme (strictly speaking these are
meme-plexes (groups of memes that work well
in concert) and not just simple memes) have
close to zero chance of escaping these meme
complexes. They would have to rip the heart
of their chests, the 'soul' out of their mind.
It all-but can't be done.
So we have these huge chunks of ancient computer
code, taking human brains prisoner. These meme
collectives don't care if they blow up the world.
They only care that they exist.
Now proponents of memes disagree that there is
a true neo-Darwinian synthesis with memes, that
in fact a basic heritable unit of meme information
(a meme gene so to speak) exists, and thus meme
theory is just pseudo-science.
In my observation there IS such a unit. Now that
is a subject for another post. I just want to make
the point that the world may seen through the
lens of memes and meme prisoners.
Due to being prisoners of memes and meme complexes,
humans may well destroy themselves, as they live like
the puppets that they really are.
Now I could bring in metaphysics and literally a book's
worth of material to further define and prove my point.
But that might be pointless.
The folks who most need to understand that they are
prisoners, are the ones who cannot possibly free
I think it's fair to say that the people who DO understand
the gist of what I'm discussing dress it up in metaphysics
or whatever, but would in fact be open to discussing
"the problem" using the meme paradigm.
In short, I would like to summarize.
Humans in their current form, probably wouldn't even
exist, if it were not for memes. Human minds are not
evolved enough to function without memes. And in
fact, it is memes which have made those chimps from
the south of Africa, "human".
However the very 'blessing' which has made us human,
has also put a 'kill switch' into the human race.
Humans have evolved under their meme overlords nearly
as far as they can without destroying themselves.
Just like with genes, neo-Darwinian evolution does not
'look forward'. A gene or cluster of genes which provide
a positive survival trait, often includes negative traits,
which will eventually kill the host body (us and other
life based on DNA).
Fortunately in most cases, these negative gene traits
are 'pushed off to older age' after breeding and child-
rearing have already been accomplishes; so the individual
can afford to die, without destroying society.
In a like manner, memes have functioned in a similar
manner. However in the case of memes, the negative
effects do not 'kick in' later in the life of an individual,
but later in the life of a civilization.
We are now experiencing the 'payback' for those positive
memes with negative traits associated.
The Armageddon scripts currently running in the world
are the payback. The negative effects of society and
technology are now in the payback phase.
I'd like anyone with a decent IQ and some measure of
freedom to think hard about what I'm saying here.
I am unaware of anyone putting things in this manner
on the Internet before. I've known these things for
more than 20 years. I can't be the only one who
appreciates this descriptive narrative.
So I'll close this first post here. I believe that I have
defined the problem with something approaching
clarity. If not, questions are very welcome.