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I was pondering about memes while listening to the Andrea Yates story on
the radio. Remember, she is the woman who drowned her 5 children in the
bathtub, because she wanted to save them from Satan.
At one level it might be argued that a meme was "working" here. But I was
wondering, if she would not have killed the children anyway even if she did
not believe in Satan. Then she just might have replaced the religious meme
with another one.
The meme might have made it easier to kill the children, but there must
have been a constant annoyance working within her which might have been the
real cause of her action.
A similar argument then might be made for example for the twin tower tragedy.
The consequence might be that memes are actually not so powerful as
sometimes discussed here. The memes might just give form to what actually
works on a more emotional level.
Just a thought (meme)
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