Re: state of memes

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    Hi Jeff and welcome to the list,

    Due to the terrorist bombing of two weeks ago memetic
    evolution is likely to see some drastic changes and boosts indeed.

    > some memes that seem the ripest for memetic mutation:
    > terrorism

    Terrorism will go massive memetic transformation if serious
    attempts will be made to eradicate it from the face of the earth.
    However, it's like a persistent virus and total erradication will be
    an illusion when there still will be huge dissatisfaction due
    to mistreatment, justly or not, of some nations by
    oppressive world powers.
    Terrorist retribution is the only
    answer and means small nations or organizations may have to
    combat bully interference and oppression. It is said that:
    `Blows that don't break the back only make it stronger'.
    Although, I do think the world would be a better
    place without it, I don't see terrorism vanish...

    > violence

    Memes rationalizing violence will always be
    there where dissatisfaction lies too. Violence surrounding
    terrorism will change in synchronicity with the changes
    of terrorist guerilla.

    > religion (monotheism)

    Will still be there and prevalent. It's irrational but inherent
    to Christianity that faith in Jesus/God does not
    dwindle with God-loving people populating the US after the bombing...
    I thank God the day people realize that the hoax called
    religion was originally intended as nothing short of an
    instrument of power, a social glue based on makebelief.

    > security

    In particular at the airports security memes (technology)
    will increase in frequency and evolve disproportionately,
    for the time being.

    > future generations

    Hopefully will be brought up with a little less religious
    memes after US tragedy. But this probably is idle hope..


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