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the only truth I know is my own experience

Meme – the perfect theory September 26, 2007

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I must admit I just love that theory of memes: “Memes are contagious ideas, all competing for a share of our mind in a kind of Darwinian selection. As memes evolve, they become better and better at distracting and diverting us from whatever we’d really like to be doing with our lives.” Blogging, by the way – is one of the most favorite tools of memes today.

Meme is a kind of a mental virus that spreads aroud – Memes are habits, skills, songs, stories, or any other kind of information that is copied from person to person. Memes, like genes, are replicators. That is, they are information that is copied with variation and selection. Because only some of the variants survive, memes (and hence human cultures) evolve. Memes are copied by imitation, teaching and other methods, and they compete for space in our memories and for the chance to be copied again. Large groups of memes that are copied and passed on together are called co-adapted meme complexes, or memeplexes.

Fascinating, right? It seems to be just a perfect explanation how actually the whole mankind functions… Exept for one thing which I can never agree with – Spirituality. At least not in the true sence of it.

One memetic expert says: “Some memes are almost entirely exploitative, or viral, in nature, including chain letters and e-mail viruses. These consist of a “copy-me” instruction backed up with threats and promises. Religions have a similar structure and this is why Dawkins refers to them as ‘viruses of the mind’. Many religions threaten hell and damnation, promise heaven or salvation, and insist that their followers pass on their beliefs to others. This ensures the survival of the memeplex. Other viral memes include alternative therapies that don’t work, and new age fads and cults. Relatively harmless memes include children’s games, urban legends and popular songs, all of which can spread like infections.” And I agree to 100%!

However there is something what goes beyond any meme – this is the truly spiritual experience, which is beyond mind. This is something that can not be experienced “as a virus”, for it is too personal. And this is something one can not imagine/visualise/get convinced of, only experience – this is the deep and elevating expereince of self-realisation. Something you can not copy untill you have reached there…

Memes are everywhere, we use them and we are abused by them. But there is a way to escape!

LOVE, axinia

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5 Responses to “Meme – the perfect theory”

  1. sj Says:

    Hi Axiana

    I have also been researching memes recently
    well written blog post!

    another interesting theory is the theory of morphogenetic fields by Rupert Sheldrake, providing a slightly different explaination how ideas, behaviour patterns, etc evolve

    all the best

  2. axinia Says:

    sj, thanks a lot for an intresting input! – i will definetly check thas “morphogenetic fields” and may be even post something about it.

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  4. DNM Says:

    What is Self Realisation ?
    The experience of Self-Realisation means that our true inner being is awakened and we become aware of an omnipresent divine energy that reflects one single spiritual being, the “Self”. In other words, the Kundalini, the spiritual force within us, rises through our subtle system until it reaches the top of our heads, thus enlightening the seventh subtle centre, which gives us our “Yoga” or “Union with the Divine”. At this point, we are connected to the energy that created us. Self Realisation is only the beginning. Once this connection has been established, it needs to be maintained with our attention. Regular daily meditation enables us to become aware of our true identity..

    I am ready for the experience….. With vidéo of Shri Mataji

    My comment;

    Is God an “Energy” or a “Force” to be manipulated or to be awakened by others? Do we need to be so stupid to be so sensitive to know Him with our senses? Why so much of comparision,explaination from various scripture is need to prove God? Is he Himself not so loving to love is own children? Do we need any explaination to believe our own parents? Do we need proof or DNA analysis? Why people do funny things to know Him? Why people want to experience Him – thoughtless awareness, self realization and so on ! God is neither cool nor hot. If God is a personal and truly loving God, does God really desire these “kundalini” experiences for His human creation? Has He made it this simple or difficult and treacherous to get to know Him? Read John 3:16.

  5. axinia Says:

    Dear DNM,

    you ask ” Why people want to experience Him – thoughtless awareness, self realization and so on ! ” – it is natural that people are seeking for God with all possbile means. If you personally have found God, congratulations, I am happy for you! But it is an individual case for everyone to seek or not to seek, to be able to find or not. You can not influence that with mere arguing 🙂

    you say: ” Why so much of comparision,explaination from various scripture is need to prove God?” – and then you quote John 3:16 🙂 That is a contradiction! 🙂

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