- Erik Richardson
- Milwaukee, WI
- United States
Teacher, Richardson Ideaworks, Inc.
Is compassion the only "pure" meme? Are there others?
Let us allow that the Dalai Lama is right: If you want to be happy, practice compassion; if you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If happiness comes only from being compassionate, then: our compassion for others means we want them to be happy. Them being happy requires that they be compassionate. This concern for the happiness of still others, requires that those others, in turn be compassionate, and so on. In this way, compassion is a meme that seeks only to generate more of itself. All memes seek to replicate, but not ONLY to replicate. Hence the claim that it is "pure" in a meaningful sense. Does this seem viable? Are there other memes you can think of which seem to possess this same quality?