'Our current drama'
'Memetica is our current drama. It's a grand drama of our time. Information is our poetry -- that is, at a lowest common denominator. Memetica is a poetry of the people, but of leaders, too. We're all caught up in it somehow. We see it in our teacups. We see it in the stars.'
Memetica Ecologica project notes, 25 Sept 2020
'Need to communicate commitment'
'Various reasons for this need [to communicate commitment through ostentatious lingo-use] could be suggested -- from an individual not feeling intense emotion connected to [the lingo] to being in a leadership role where increased scrutiny of one's commitment is put upon from the larger group and outsiders'
XJ, p. 95, adapted
'Primacy of society'
'it is only as we discover the primacy of society, the inclusive coherent unity of human interdependence, that we can hope to transcend the perplexities and the contradictions of our times.'
-R.M. MacIver in K. Polanyi, The Great Transformation, p. xii
'Wake up' injunction
'"Memento vivere," "life, now" addresses how we humans have lived, do live, and shall live. It's an injunction to Wake Up to the life we have to live now in our present situation, informed by the past, and looking to the future.'
Memento Vivere project notes, 26 Sept 2020
'People are persuaded'
'people are persuaded -- even more, transformed -- as one identifies or simulates a shared experience with another. Here one finds the most effective and thoroughgoing consolidation of directed action.'
D.i.D., p. 18
'healthy anger acts as the honorable sentry or boundary-holder of the psyche'
-K. McLaren, Language of Emotions, p. 6
Pop the meme pimple
'I observe that the language of "information" runs across all domains and often is the core or grounding language or concept no matter what the domain, field, or discipline.
"Memes" are simply one of the latest and most popular versions of this. But an annoying internet meme is like an annoying pimple -- it gets all the attention but there's still a whole body, a whole organism, a whole person that goes with it.
Maybe we have to pop a social media meme in order to get relieved of it and get back to the larger dynamics, the larger realities of the construction, flows, and interactions of information.
-Memetica Ecologica project notes, adapted, 25 Sept 2020
'Highly ostentatious display in [a particular lingo-use] indicates a high need to communicate commitment' to the particular lingo-using community.
XJ, p. 95, adapted
'Frame of the system'
''"I now demonstrate the frame of the System of the World."'
-I. Newton, Principia, 1686
In/adapted from W. Lowenstein, Touchstone of Life, p. 43
Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter teaches at a public university in North America and consults/coaches at Sollars & Associates and independently.