If only our problems were as simple as the Facebook memes tell us

I have not seen any social media memes on better control of fertilizer and Kool-Aid. I think I will create one.There are times I question the value of online worlds like Facebook. On one hand Facebook is a very cool communications tool. I keep in touch with former coworkers, as I see them post updates as they celebrate the holidays with their friends and family. From time to time I have someone find me who I have not seen in many years, so I can reflect on just how old I am, and realize, damn I'm getting old.

But for all the cool things I can say about Facebook, the interaction of personal updates with friends and family is getting drowned out more and more by the Facebook memes with political and social agendas. If you want to talk about politics or religion, I am cool with that. But please, don't bombard me with thirty second solutions to all the problems of society. In the case of the social media memes, the battle back and forth comes down to one point that will decide everything. I could come up with many examples, here are just a few.

Meme #1: Gun Control

The cute cartoons and sound bites of statistics tell me if only we could better regulate guns, mass violence would go away because crazy people and assorted lunatics would not have access to the tools that kill us. I understand guns kill, and I understand the need to regulate them. I also was trained as a nuclear biological and chemical defense specialist in the military. I was amazed at all the ways someone could kill you if they really wanted.

One of the largest attacks of terror on American soil by a home grown terrorist was committed by Timothy McVeigh on April 19, 1995, who used a truck load of fertilizer at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion killed 168 people and injured over 600 others.

Best wishes for success in the New Year live long and prosper

Best wishes for a prosperous New Year from the Tao of QuestyBest wishes for a prosperous New Year. May you believe in your dreams and succeed in your efforts.

Science fiction geeks and baby boomers know the Vulcan salute from Star Trek followed by the phrase "live long and prosper" as a universal gesture of wishing one well. Leonard Nimoy, who played the character of Mr. Spock in the original television series Star Trek, said the salute was based on the Priestly Blessing known as raising of the hands he saw in an Orthodox synagogue when he was a child.

Society often associates being prosperous with being wealthy, and with wealth there is much distortion about what it means to be successful. As I read through various social media memes telling me the simple answers to the world's complex problems, I am told that being wealthy is often accompanied by greed, corruption, and hostility. The traditional media pundits and social media memes tell us people often sell their souls to achieve prosperity.

As I study the great inventors and industrialists as I work on my website Geek History I see animosity towards business people for being successful. Instead of seeing industrialists as people who take an invention and develop it into an industry, and create jobs, and grow an economy, the term industrialist is associated with arrogance and an inordinate amount of competitiveness.

Sadly the media spin here in the United States is "capitalism is evil." Then we should wonder why some people have a fear of success. I don't think when Mr. Spock said "live long and prosper" he was promoting stress and anxiety.

Every new year brings us a fresh start.


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