Word Meme Dictionary

Posted by ReneeDaphne 1 year, 4 months ago to Philosophy
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This is a sample of a new interactive dictionary we're going to post. We'll be putting out the word memes and accepting any and all "definitions or explanations"...but you must keep the meme intact...no changes. Memes may be submitted for the dictionary but it will be unlike a traditional wiki. Please let us know what you think of both the idea and the sample content. We're big girls and our little emotional hearts will not be shattered by criticism :-)...sorry, I live in Portlandia...it's kind of a standard caveat you have to add here.

WORD MEME – a word, statement or phrase providing enlightenment, insight or epiphany

No gods
No masters
No martyrs
No cages

Success: failing enough times to eliminate what does’t work so it’s easier to find what does.

Millennials = waiting for permission and release

Taxes vs charity

It’s never good business to kill your customers.

Intolerance is born of ignor-ance

Curiosity is the cure.

Media = controversy, calamity, carnality

Dumbing Down

No time to wait, use their weapons against them.

Spend less time on things that are not going in the same direction as you.

There are only two kinds of people: Those who want power over you and those who want you to have power over yourself. We make a thousand choices each day which one we are and an indicator of our choice is our use of the word “should”.

Who decides?
Who pays?
Who benefits?

Knowledge and wisdom are not proportional to the amount of disseminated information.

Freedom or popularity.

Problem, contradiction, exception.

Bureaucracy is a weapon useable by only one faction of politics; the one that wants power over you.

Onerous restrictions are awful. Allowable infringements are worse.

Don’t be tricked into being so honorable you tell the Nazis where the Jews are.

Leaders are not forged by ease.

Arrogance = Ignor-ance

Decorum only serves those who hope to enslave.

Turn no cheek to those who intend harm. Slap back.

The USA is the laughing stock of the world: trigger words, safe spaces, adults carrying stuffed animals and drum circles.

Don’t vote for what you don’t want.

TANFL = there ain’t no free lunch (formerly TANSTAAFL)

SNAFU = situation normal, all fucked up

PDXia = Portlandia

Some achieve everything through force. Others use persuasion and principle. What is your preference?

The wicked witch enticed Hansel and Gretel, not with work and truth but lies and candy….free concerts, free toys, free seminars, free movies, free pools, free art, free books, free food, free shelter, free rides…..

If you don’t trust others, why should I trust you?

EVERYONE wants to take down the tallest poppy when it’s next door and not on stage.

Fashion is an obsession with lying.

If you can’t trust women with power and control, why would you trust them with children?

We grow through blending the recipe of curiosity, observation and contemplation. We are merely gathering the ingredients by sharing our thoughts.

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  • Posted by  $  jlc 1 year, 4 months ago
    I like many of your sayings, but think that you should mine the Notebooks of Lazarus Long for some additions.

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    • Posted by 1 year, 4 months ago
      If you'd like to submit them, we'll rely on you to skim the book for me and add them here or in the on-line dictionary. I have about 10 projects in the works and a gold mine of a business I can't seem to find a person to take on for FREE. The additional thing about the dictionary is to try and make them "new". None of the ones I offered will be seen anywhere else except by the coincidence. I made them all up.
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      • Posted by  $  jlc 1 year, 4 months ago
        The entries would be copyrighted by the Heinlein estate, so you would have to get their permiso to include them, but many of them are known and beloved by the readers of this list. They have already been published as a separate book.

        Here are a few, for entertainment:

        • All men are created unequal.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 243
        • It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it is better still to be a live lion. And usually easier.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 243
        • One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 243
        • Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", pp. 243-244
        • A woman is not property, and husbands who think otherwise are living in a dreamworld.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 245
        • A zygote is a gamete's way of producing more gametes. This may be the purpose of the universe.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 245
        • Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How's that again? I missed something.
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 246
        • Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let's play that over again, too. Who decides?
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 246
        • What are the facts? Again and again and again — what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what "the stars foretell," avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable "verdict of history" — what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!
        o "Intermission: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long", p. 246

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        • Posted by 1 year, 3 months ago
          Could you explain why you think the phrases are copyrighted? I'm not exactly sure how a phrase like the above could be unless it was part of a logo or other marketing tool. Even by the Berne Convention https://www.law.cornell.edu/treaties/..., there's just not enough in any single phrase to constitute something that is "valued" enough to pay for it - one of the 4 property interests tests. I think I'll start another thread on the "copyright" thing if you'd care to add this example.
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          • Posted by  $  jlc 1 year, 3 months ago
            Heinlein's character, Lazarus Long, is famous in SF, Objectivist and longevity circles. He is an immortal who, during the course of his extended life, has compiled The Notebooks of Lazarus Long, which is published as a separate book (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no....

            No collection of witty sayings should be compiled without knowing the existence of this resource, because it is what many of us will instantly think of, especially when the topic of Gulch philosophy memes is introduced. I do not know how you would prefer to handle the fact of their existence. Certainly you don't want to unknowingly quote one of them without addressing the fact that they are taken from a copyrighted book. Do you want to allude to them? Get permission from the Heinlein estate to include your favorites? This is up to you.

            Just FYI, they are fun to read.

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  • Posted by  $  puzzlelady 1 year, 4 months ago
    Sounds like something Urban Dictionary is already doing. www.urbandictionary.com
    I suppose it's too late to resist the distortion of the meaning of the word "meme" from its original definition by Richard Dawkins as the brain's software, the building blocks of consciousness and the formation of ideas, in parallel with genes as the building blocks of the physical machinery.

    The aphorisms and definitions you want to collect here are actually meme composites, as in Ayn Rand's concept formation theory. The Internet has grabbed and run with the word "meme" to represent any notion or fad or trend or opinion as a whole. Memes have become a kind of meta-meme by the natural process of how things grow, good cells as well as tumors. Let's see who can tell the difference.
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    • Posted by 1 year, 3 months ago
      Great post - thank you. I'll have to do a lot more thinking on this because you've brought up some concepts I hadn't even considered. I'm actually looking at memes as a new form of language that will only "translate" to certain kinds of minds in the intended way. That's already happening with the visual memes - some folks "just don't get it" and don't know why they can't.
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