When people give in to  memes their minds shut down to the need for thought and debate on real issues that are important.  Wikipedia defines a meme as; “‘an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture’. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.” Memes are more like a stupefying virus than positive cultural ‘genetic’ material.polarization

Polarizing memes are an example of  memes that shut down minds and put people on a group think track that so often leads to the collapse of thought. This kind of meme forces a person into a fake choice between only two alternatives thereby reducing debate to either-or gut reactions.    I have posted an example regarding hand holding vs gun holding.  Sadly this is what passes for cultural commentary and ‘deep thought’ on social media today.  Being framed as a question the meme  carries the weight of an accusation – you have already chosen now explain yourself!  Initially your gut reaction is to go for the ‘hand holding’ rather than the ‘gun holding’ alternative.  For a secular humanist it’s a no-brainer; hand holding is the only sane alternative!  This meme attempts to force  Bible believing Christians and other people of deep religious convictions into a gut wrenching choice of the lesser of two evils!  See how it shuts down public debate on  important social issues while advancing a hidden agenda.  This has become the ‘new low’ of social activism.

For the record, I don’t want to see either – men romantically holding hands or violent men holding guns with evil intent. Does that make me a ‘homophobic’, ‘ISILaphobic’, misogynistic, red-neck, ignorant ‘dinosaurus’ Christian?

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