A meme can be a great thing. It can convey thoughts we might be thinking, humor, or be a way to communicate truth and non-truth to a lot of people. They can be inspirational, inflammatory, funny, serious, satirical, ridiculous, sublime, or any other category you can think of. You can even download a meme generator and create your own. Not sure what a meme is? Here is a definition:
meme mēm/ noun
◦ a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc. that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
I have to admit…I am a meme collector. Especially the ones which poke fun at religious piety and the crazy things that happen in church or other religious settings. Here are a few examples:
A meme is a form of expression. One person trying to communicate their thoughts, feelings, or emotions. The important part of a meme is that it causes us to think or to feel. They can make us laugh or make us angry, depending on our perspectives and their rigidity. I know friends that have been made and lost over memes.
The important part of this, for me, is to not let these or any other communicators replace your responsibility to think for yourself, or to get facts for yourself. Otherwise, you can fall victim to being one who spreads thoughts or information that can do harm. And remember this quote from a famous leader:
“The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.”
– Abraham Lincoln