I’m a descendant of Jesus. You could be one, too. And even if you don’t have his genes, you’re more than likely to be carrying at least some of his memes, which are more important. Jesus’ memes are everywhere. They’re being constantly pumped into human consciousness from an immutable source of energy which Jesus the man managed to tap into in his life, flowing in through his body and along the lines in the direction of whoever needs them the most. Being a descendant of Jesus taught me that your genes in no way define the person you are; your memes do.
Jesus isn’t the only one to have tapped into this immutable source of energy, which is in fact the very thing that drives human culture and development. Others have found a way for their memes to take root in collective consciousness and provide a steady stream of cultural nourishment for humanity to eat in order that it may continue to grow and develop.
Genes are merely the passive conduits for the memes. We may have gotten our genes from our parents, but all they’re doing is expressing memes that in all likelihood came from somewhere else.
Two ordinary God-fearing Christians of radically different ethnicity who have the same metaphysical beliefs and who behave according to the prescribed behavioral standards that Jesus’ taught have more in common than two biological brothers who carry radically different memes and therefore behave in radically different ways, because their genes are expressing the same memes.
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.
When a person converts to Judaism, the process of conversion grinds out the usual expression of their genes and epigenetically pastes over them with Jewish memes. The same is true when a person converts to Islam, Buddism, or any other religion that provides a set of metaphysical beliefs about how the world works on a fundamental level and a set of behaviors that inform ethical conduct.
Science is a religion, and Newton is a prophet. He spread his memes far and wide, memes that provide a set of fundamental beliefs about the way the world worked, ie, according to mathematical principles, and a behavioral standard inseparable from these beliefs, ie, the scientist’s method. That’s what makes a scientist a scientist: they behave according to the prescribed behavioral rituals and methods, and believe in the prescribed metaphysical beliefs, just as a Christian is made a Christian by adhering to the prescribed behaviors and beliefs, a Buddhist is a Buddhist, and so on.
The question naturally arises: who’s memes will win out in the end? Whose memes will all of humanity’s genes end up expressing?
When the forces of globalization have caused a more-or-less even spread of all the fittest memes left by history’s greats, such as the prophets who left a religion in their wake, and whose proponents inherited 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 on, 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 copying of the genes from parent to child, 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 behaviors 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.”
But science doesn’t say, ‘There is no God.’ Science is impartial on this. Science doesn’t prescribe that ‘Though shalt not believe in God,’ in fact, yes, hello, Newton did.
The limitations on belief that science imposes, namely, ‘Though shalt not believe anything that is not empirically proven via the behaviors and 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 Mesopotamian’s. So they survived, whilst Mesopotamian culture died out. Did the Mesopotamian themselves die out? No, I don’t believe they did. 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 a 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 denominations, 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 accommodating 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 all still 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, to be fair, it may not be that God is the provider of this ‘messianic spirit’ that seems to run through all the great meme-carriers of history; it may just be that 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.
But if that were the case, then there would be as many atheists who achieved memetic immortality as creationists. In every single case, bar none, all the memes that have survived and which we all carry with us daily have come from creationists.
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 salient example. So far as his theory and rationale is concerned, his memes are top-of-the-range. So then why have Marx’s memes failed to take root? Why is it that his memes have failed to bear any fruit, even though they’re theoretically sound?
It must be because there’s no God in them, and humans are co-creators of reality with Him. The buck stops with God. 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 successful results; God would have gone a different way.
The past is yet to be written. The outline is there, but the details are being invented as time goes along. 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 to make it work; 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. Provided, of course, you accredit me with My just dues.”
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 realize 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 necessarily 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 bound 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, 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, Confucius’ and Lao-Tzu’s. Their memes represent micro-stages along the path of evolution. By believing what they believed and behaving in the way they behaved, humanity becomes more adapted, more successful, in its environment then it would otherwise be. Their memes safe-guard humanity from extinction.