PARASITES, MEMES

When you think about it, ideologies are parasites. Just as Darwin’s

 

When you think about it, ideologies are parasites. Just as Darwin’s

insect can infect a fly’s brain, thus directing the fly to work for itself

instead of for the fly’s own welfare, so an ideology can control the

human brain to best perpetuate itself’

 

Consider a man directing a plane towards a wall. Surely this man would much rather go home to enjoy a sumptuous meal with his wife and his children but here he is holding the controls that will lead to his own demise. He has been infected by an ideology. He is not only about to lose his life but with it all his hopes, his ideas, and his dreams. No longer can he help his brother or his friends and he leaves his wife with the difficult  task of bringing up his children all on her own.

 

Worse still, can you see a man willingly take his loving wife and his beautiful daughters out, look straight into their fear filled eyes then kill them? No, but an ideology can and does.

A German who had at a much earlier time invited a Jewish couple in for tea might, ten months hence, once infected, stand at a pit, bored, as he slaughters Jews who are lined up in that pit with a machine gun. This considerate man would never even think of doing  this, but an ideology thirsts for the opportunity.

Ideologies show no compassion for  humans –or for human nature for that matter– while there appears many types of ideologies– Fascism, Communism tried to crush the human spirit but at great cost we survived those earlier infections but now , perhaps stirred by an anonymous media, ideologies are thriving everywhere and we need to find a way of curbing their insatiable thirst.  Ideologies still remain highly active and dangerous to all of us.. Remember once you are infected you will do whatever it wants you to do – no matter its effect on you and those you love..

Be careful you do not become infected by this parasite. Washing your hands wont help you here — Question everything, demand material, measurable evidence, always.

 Andy Mulcahy

About Monist

Hi, my name is Andy Mulcahy . I consider myself a monist and I am retired from steam engineering lo,these many years ago, and the Portland Cement industry. I have evolved into a Humanist-am a member of the Victoria Secular Humanist Association and The Humanist Association of Canada.
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