Or Why We Get Things Wrong
As I understand it, post modernism’s basic idea is that we can’t really know anything. The best we can do is to come to an understanding which might fit what we observe, but what we can observe is not, necessarily, what is going on. But then there are those who misinterpret what post modernism is saying and insist that it means that all ideas are equally valid, which is not what post modernism says.
You get right down to it, the fact we can’t completely understand doesn’t mean we can’t understand at all, or that all understandings are of equal value. Some understandings are better than others, because they deal with what we can observe better than others.
A meme is basically an idea. A thought, a notion. This meme that memes are a sort of joke is a misunderstanding of what memes are. You have this idea, that is a meme. Your meme, your idea, may be a good one, it may be a bad one, but like the gene in biology a meme is tested to see if it is good. Should the meme be given an honest appraisal it will prosper. But not all memes are appraised honestly. The meme as a joke meme is an example of a bad idea embraced by many, and that embrace rationalized on the grounds some like it. The “wild animals can’t really be trusted” meme is based on the idea that all wild animals are a certain way and that they can’t be trusted around us. That is stereotyping and is based on the idea that animals can’t be individuals, and that some can’t have productive interactions with humans.
Yet, when you take the time to observe what an animal is doing, you discover that some can and will interact with humans comfortably, as long as you don’t push. No pressure, just accept what the animal is doing, and there will be times when the individual will be friendly. It is possible for a Virginia Opossum to come to accept you well enough to want to play with you at some early hour in the morning.
As you can see a meme, an idea, can be misinterpreted, but that doesn’t mean the meme isn’t valid, or that memes in general have to be of equal value. Some memes are just better than others and we must needs discriminate among them.
Final Thoughts for This Post.
Now here I thought I would now be able to deal with a certain meme, but it turns out that I’ve opened up something with more in it than I had expected. I was going to now look at the “magick that works” meme, but then other memes popped up in my head. The “Bigfoot can exist” meme is one of them, but like the MTW meme the BCE meme will have wait for later posts. That means that I will be doing a series of posts, under the title of “Misunderstanding”. So I can only ask for your patience. And now that I think of it, I’ll have to do a post on the “Tom Jefferson was wrong about human equality” meme, because he was. Or, rather, that how we interpret what he said is wrong. See you later.