Life in memes
I spent a good portion of my life feeling superior to others. I was a pretty staunch atheist. With the view that religion was for sheep, the uninformed, the misguided. Just a tool to control and conform people. I believed in myself and basic human nature.
As the years passed my views on religion softened particularly Christianity. I eventually found myself believing in something greater than me. Now this blog is not about God who I so happen to believe in. And thank goodness he forgives me for my sins because man am I a sinner. Nor is about any one group of people. For me humans every single one of them deserve the same basic rights and freedoms.
This blog is about social media. Every day I log into Facebook, Instagram, hell the Internet in general and I am bombarded by memes. Funny pictures with oh so clever captions. But they are not so funny. Most of them are hateful rhetoric disguised as humor. I’m not a fan of real issues being turned into wonka-isms or someecards. Where massive amounts of people hit like from behind the imaginary safe wall of the world-wide web. The one place where you can be a complete asshole with no repercussions except maybe some dude you barely knew in high school un-friending you.
I get it you feel outraged, you want to share your outrage, and then go back to drinking your Starbucks searching for your next potential outrage.
I especially loathe political memes followed by countless opinions based on no facts and then the eventual, “well that’s why I don’t vote.” Call me an asshole but if you don’t exercise your right to vote, if you do not do your civic duties, you do not get to form an opinion that you force upon the rest of us. I’m not sure what is going on with the world, are children still forced to take government in high school? Maybe a civics lesson should be required with a voters registration card? Maybe we should know what a socialist is before we call someone that? Hey I find Fox news highly entertaining doesn’t mean I base my opinions on the misguided musings of Bill O’Reilly.
Religion controversial? Really? Duh. Attacks on religion nothing new. Religion has been the cause of great conflicts and will continue to do so until man is wiped off the planet by the resurrection of dinosaurs or the eventual zombie apocalypse.
Here’s an interesting idea not all thoughts are meant to be shared.
Sure I could read a book or find a real hobby to avoid all the cleverness. But I too find entertainment in knowing what a casual acquaintance had for breakfast or that their ac went out. I just find myself bummed these days by all the hate. I find myself missing the good ole days when people talked shit behind each others back. Now that is being polite.
Willy Wonka shouldn’t be used for hate mongering. Willy Wonka is for the music makers and the dreamers of dreams. The only memes I want to see are clever statements about binge drinking and bad relationships. Because waking up in a pool of vomit on the kitchen floor from too much box wine is hilarious.
Maybe I am officially too old for the Internet.