In a world full of lies, where do we look for truth?
If we can’t trust science, politicians, the news, and search algorithms, how do we get to the bottom of things? In a post-truth world, where we are alone, without moral traditions, and without ancestors to guide the way, how do we develop a worldview based on fact?
Comedians know that if something is funny, it must be true. Otherwise, it wouldn’t invoke laughter. That’s why comedians are the last bastions of free speech; they can get away with insulting the king as long as they make him laugh in the process.
The discovery of truth through comedy allows us to integrate darker aspects of reality. Truth exists; it’s absolutely ridiculous; we laugh at it and hope for better days.
Humor was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation. It is well known that humor, more than anything else in the human make-up, can afford an aloofness and an ability to rise above any situation, even if only for a few seconds.Viktor E. Frankl
I believe that memes are a truth barometer; a sort of altimeter that points the way while flying blind. I may not know all the facts, but I can sniff out the truth based on the memes.
Memes are the arrows of truth that pierce the veil of deception and make us laugh along the way.
In the same way that the free market is a massive economic calculator that combines the computing power of millions of brains into a single price, memes, if they are good and true(and therefore funny), accomplish the same outsourcing of brainpower from the individual to the group-mind.
We live in an insane world. It’s a time of great change, a time of uncertainty and suffering. The amount of information available to us at any time, on-demand, is overwhelming. Our ancient physiology is simply unequipped to deal with such vast quantities of information.
The only way to stay sane is to outsource our thinking to the group, however, this can cause even greater horrors. The lack of free thought in society is what leads to totalitarianism and mass psychosis.
Memes are the bulwark of truth in a world full of lies. Someone once said that if you wish to understand the zeitgeist, look to the contemporary art of the time. I believe that a better measure of a culture is the state of the memes. Memes say much more than art.
Can memes be called divine? Not all memes are created equal, but if they point to the truth, if they rip off veils of delusion and bring clarity to a situation, one could posit that they are instruments of God.
In twenty years we will have entire libraries and university curricula dedicated to the study of internet culture through memes.
For now, breathe them in. The truth is blinding, but you can handle it. And maybe you can support us at the meme front? Because we need you to meme Bitcoin to the moon.