We had some fascinating discussions in the posts last week about whether your beliefs come from critical analysis or you simply were programmed with memes.
At lunch one day my friend Lisa picked up a glass of water and asked if I didn’t believe that if she threw it in the air, it was an absolute truth that gravity would bring it back down to earth.
Interesting question. But as the little boy said, there is no spoon…
We used to believe that every thing was made up of atoms, which were the smallest component of the universe. (Of course atoms are just a meme we created to define things in our mind.)
Then we found out that atoms are actually made up of neutrons, protons and electrons. Then we got really surprised when we found out that 99.99999% of an atom is actually empty space.
So if we had a brilliant quantum physicist answer Lisa’s question, she might say, “What water, what glass? All that is there is 99.99999% empty space. The glass is just a meme you created, just like you created the gravity meme.”
The earth is also a meme man invented, because we like to label the part of the universe we live in and keep it separate from the rest. Now you could say, “Wait a minute Randy, there really is a distinction for the earth. It has edges. The dirt and water end, and the atmosphere starts.”
Is that so? But what if I told you that dirt, water and the atmosphere are all made of the same stuff, or even non-stuff—and all of those things are memes we created for labeling purposes?
If fact, if we were to shine a neutrino beam through thatglass—the distance between that beam and the nearest solid particle, is proportionally greater, than the distance between the earth and the sun. Assuming of course that you believe in the earth and sun memes.
The truth is, those distinctions are only made in the mind of man. And once you label a meme as true, you lose all powers of rational analysis over it. It is wired into your hard drive (your subconscious mind) and you are programmed.
Memes can only flourish because of your belief that they are true. When you become programmed with a meme complex (like a religion or political party affiliation), you are no longer capable of rational thought on the subject.
So how do you fight memes and make sure you’re thinking for yourself? Please share your thoughts below, and we’ll pick up there on the next post.