Jesus’ memes are constantly being replenished from a never ending source
of life that is constantly flowing through his body and out to the rest of humanity
direction of whoever needs them most. In fact, this flow of Jesus’
memes, along with the memes of certain others, is the very thing driving not just
human progress from a cultural standpoint, but biological evolution, too. Your genes in no way define the person you
are; your memes do.
Christianity is the vessel in which Jesus’s memes are kept evolving over time.
That was another thing Jesus’s memes taught me. And then I realised how it’s
not just Jesus’s memes that have reached this immutable source of energy
that flows beneath the plane at the edge of the third dimension, feeding it:
other people have found a way for their memes to continuously replenish
humanity’s need for healing, too. That’s the thing that lets their memes
become so powerful: the fact that they’re motivated by the will to help people.
Genes are the passive enactors of the memes we carry. We may have got out
genes from our parents, but our memes, unless you happen to be the child of
an all-time great, came from elsewhere.
Two ordinary God-fearing Christians of radically different ethnicities who share in the same
beliefs and sets of behaviours have more in common than two biological
brothers who carry radically different memes and therefore believe in
radically different things and behave in radically different ways.
Memes override genes. Just because I’m a descendant of Jesus, doesn’t make
me a good person. Genes in no way determine the quality of your moral
fiber; it’s memes that do that.
We can see the interaction and therefore the separation between genes and
memes in action when a person converts to Judaism. That’s what conversion
does to a person, it grinds out the normal expression of their genes that
they’re used to, and epigenetically pastes over them with Jewish memes. As
does Christianity, as does Buddhism, as does the scientific method.
Newton was an out-and-out prophet, and he left behind a metaphysics and a set of behaviors
which all scientists religiously adhere to. That’s what makes a scientist a
scientist; they behave according to the prescribed behavioral rituals and
methods, just as what makes a Christian a Christian is following the
behavioral patterns prescribed by Jesus, etcetera. You may have your
daddy’s genes, but they’re expressing themselves in a way that carries out
Sir Isaac Newton’s dirty work.
Who’s memes will win in the end? Whose memes will humanity’s genes end
up expressing? You may be carrying Newton’s memes, but whose memes
was Newton carrying???
So, at the end, when everybody is carrying Jesus’ memes, and Buddha’s,
and Krishna’s…basically, all the figures in history who left a religion in their
wake, and where the proponents of that religion came into and developed
an eschatology that said that the founder of that religion would come again in
the distant future, and that in fact time itself is measured by distance between
the founder’s first living and their coming again, then along will come the Teacher.
One man. One man who inherits the memes of all the other people whose memes
are still being carried, and transforms them all into something completely
brand new. And then all those memes left by Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed,
Newton, etc., finally reach the point where they’re no longer directly traceable
to those specific individuals anymore. From that point onwards, those memes
can only be traced back to the Teacher. Beyond him, they can’t be separated.
And this is then what instigates a genetic adaptation, in order that the body
can express these new memes that humans haven’t previously expressed.
Some new mode of behavior will be demanded by this memetic synthesis, and
the genes will have to adapt in order to make the necessary biological
adjustments to be able to express the change.
On this account, evolution doesn’t proceed blindly via ‘happy accidents’
where despite an error being made in the genes of an individual, they gain
an advantage over the rest of the population. Rather, the changes in the
gene sequence are a deliberate, forced reaction to the need for a new mode
of expression imposed on them by the memetic refinement taking place as a
result of cultural cross-pollination.
To deny the religion of one’s ancestors, and lets face it, everyone’s ancestors
have a mythology tied to a set of behaviours of some kind, is, then, to deny
your very own genes their full spectrum of expression.
Science is a religion. Newton is a prophet. You might say, “Okay, I agree that
it provides a code of conduct, and that Newton was somewhat of a
messianic figure, and that even though there’s Galileo Galilei, science would in
no way be the same as what it is today if you took Newton out, but there’s
no God–usually a pretty distinguishing characteristic of a religion–and it doesn’t tell you what to believe. You believe only what the
scientific method empirically demonstrates.”
Unfortunately, though, you’d be decieving yourself. Firstly, science doesn’t
say, ‘there is no God.’ Science is impartial whether or not one believes in
God. Science doesn’t prescribe that ‘though shalt not believe in God,’ in fact, yes,
hello, Newton did.
Secondly, the limitations on belief that science imposes, namely, ‘though shalt
not believe anything that is not empirically proven via the behaviors
and record-keeping methods prescribed by the scientific method,’ leave
as much scope for the scientist to think for themselves as the limitations
imposed on a person’s thinking imposed by, for example, Taoism, and I
would argue that the cosmological framework provided by a Taoist
metaphysics encompasses a far greater proportion of all being than science’s does.
Science is a johnny-come-lately, and what is actually happening is that it is ending up filling the gaps
between the day-to-day world and the heavenly doctrines of humanity’s memetic ancestors.
When science reaches its zenith, it will arrive where religion begins. And the
two will fuse together into a new element in a single individual, where
the difference between science and religion will no longer be apparent,
and evolution will take a giant leap forward.
New religions represent evolutionary baby-steps. When the ancient Jews started practicing Judaism, for example, it
gave them an evolutionary advantage over, say the ancient Mesopotamians.
So they survived, whilst Mesopotamian culture died out. Did the Mesopotamian themselves die out? No. Their genes are still around. But they no longer express
the same memes. They had to abandon their old memes and take on new ones in order to survive, so they did.
Along comes Jesus. Gives all his followers an memetic evolutionary advantage
over all the pagans that are around. Christianity thrives, paganism dies. So what do pagans do? They start incorporating Jesus’ memes with their own,
cherry picking here and there, and along come all these little capillary
Christian religions, carrying bits and pieces of Jesus’ memes, because it
makes them better adapted to nature, makes them survive better, longer
than they would have without them.
So you look around now, what with globalization and one world and a
single memetic playing field, the elite level, the world-class memes that have won all the battles leading up to the
modern world, and you see that the bell has rung on the final evolutionary
bout for the hearts and minds of people, and the first few punches are
being thrown, metaphorically speaking.
Now, the more adaptable your religion is, the more accepting it is of memes
other than its own, the more able it is to survive. Therefore atheism is the
weakest of all religions (it being a sub-branch church of the greater religion of ‘Science’), being incapable as it
currently appears to be of accomodating alternative memes.
There was an existentialist brand of atheism that existed around the turn of the
twentieth century that was capable of this, but I don’t see that particular brand
of atheism around much today. Atheism has drawn a line in the sand: “If
you’re not with us, you’re against us,” it has said.
Why are Jesus’ memes so powerful? How can it be that they have passed the
threshold where as long as humanity exists, it will carry his memes? Who
would have been thinking that Jesus’ memes would be any kind of raging
success when he was hanging from the cross?
Maybe there’s more than one Jesus. Maybe there are Jesuses, plural. Jesii.
Maybe Jesus’ memes and Jesus’ genes came from two different places. Maybe
Jesus’ memes were implanted over his genes from an external source. And
that source, that meme generating source, from which all Jesus’ memes grew, is the
one and the same character, figure, spirit, if you will, that generated all the great
memes of all the great messianic figures whose memes we still all carry…
Which is why Newton believed in God. Which is why they all believed in a creator
being, greater than themselves, from which the universe was imagined and
formed. But I’ll tell you what it is, this messianic thread that runs through
history: at any given moment, there has to be one individual in the world who
carries more memes, or the most up-to-date memes blending the widest array of ethos’s, and that person is as a matter
of course the ‘messiah,’ for want of a better term.
The thing that makes these people’s memes stand the test of time is the fact
that they put their faith in God. Who is there in history whose memes we all
carry today who didn’t believe in God? (Einstein firmly asserted that he was
‘not an atheist’ up until his death. When asked what kind of a God he believed
in, he quoted Spinozian pantheism.)
To take an example on the flipside of the question of the longevity of a person’s
memes and whether or not it has anything to do with God, Karl Marx provides
us with a doozy. So far as his memetic structure and pedigree goes, it’s second to none. So then
why have Marx’s memes failed to take root? Because there’s no God in them, and
the buck stops with Him. If Darwin hadn’t written God into the final, official
theory of evolution as history records it, then the application of his theory
wouldn’t have yielded succesful results, because humans are in a collaboration
with God, and reality is a co-creation. The past is yet to be written. Sometimes God comes up with a
solution for how to fill in the details of the past in a way that works in the
direction we’re heading, and he passes it down into humanity, which either
accepts it or rejects it or otherwise adapts it, and sometimes humans provide
the creative spark of insight and come up with a brilliant theory, ala Darwin,
and God looks at it and says, “I’ll go with you on this one.”
In either of Newton’s and Darwin’s memetic makeup, there is an element of
God. It’s virtually impossible to find any memes which have survived the test of
time which don’t contain the God meme, no matter how good the rest of their
memes may be. Jesus’s memes taught me this. They helped me to realise how
truly remarkable what he did in his lifetime actually was, for his memes to
be thriving as they are even now, two-thousand years later. Only something that’s real can have had this kind of an
impact. If it wasn’t real, then it wouldn’t have been so effective. Evolution
would have necessarilly made his memes extinct.
Jesus’s memes taught me that if you could step outside the
third-dimension and see the history of humanity with every human to have ever
lived all at once, you’d see that we’re all binded together like threads to form a
ginormous body not unlike one of our own. That we are the consciousness,
the mind, of this body, all spread out amongst us, experiencing ourselves from
many different points of view at once. That it has to be this way, because this is
what it feels like when the process of karma is in action, and that karma had
to come into action in order to heal the giant body’s illness, whatever that may be.
Jesus’s memes taught me how that was why we have religion, and that once
the karma has worked its way through the giant body we comprise and it is
finally healed, then humanity’s separation from God will end and religion will
no longer be required.
Jesus died alone on the cross, with no inclination or outward sign that his
memes would survive. But he knows, now. He knows, because his mind, his
spirit, yea, even his body and blood live on in the memes we all carry with us
daily. As do Newton’s, Darwin’s, Einstein’s, Buddha’s, Moses’,
Mohammed’s, Krishna’s, Confucious’ and
LaoTzu’s. Their memes represent microstages along the path of evolution.
By believing what they believed and behaving in the way they behaved,
humanity becomes more adapted, more succesful, in its environment then it
would otherwise be. Their memes safe-guard humanity from extinction.