Being able to stay steady with Purpose (the ultimate inspirer!) is what allows me to stay inspired! Recently, many over the Globe celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela, a man who was “unstoppable.” I personally agreed with that but also that his determination was inspiring. We have some uplifting sayings like: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” Considering the inspirational value of such sayings reminded my of an impressive book by Richard Brodie called Virus of the Mind. Brodie was inspired by his Purpose, as his Heart Wisdom drew him away from University to join Bill Gates of Microsoft. As I understand it, Brodie would postpone university study to pursue a project that would revolutionize the culture to make Personal Computers (PCs) a household item, not to mention its use in business and industry. Yes, cynics will point to the money, but cynicism can be a symptom of a mind virus too.
As anyone might look back on their life, Richard Brodie, could not help himself but to also be inspired by the revolutionary idea of a “meme,” a revolutionary term coined by Biologist, Richard Dawkins. With the same zeal as with Bill Gates’ inspiration, Brodie could see that their dream became like a virus, which would spread by duplicating itself in the minds of millions, including mine! Now, with the same zeal, Richard Brodie, has applied his talents, researching the scientific field of memes, which is called Memetics, along the lines of Genetics, which studies the special things about our genes and how they are passed from one generation to another.
Brodie’s idea of the “Mind Virus” is because it spreads by duplicating itself, hopping from mind to mind during communication, so that this Science of Memetics would propose that “the meme is a building block of a culture.” This idea is exciting to me, as I am aware that the mass-subconscious of the Western Culture needs and oil-change, even although it contains Sheldrake’s Morphic Fields that have proven to support the learning of new ideas, which we can now call memes!
Many Neuro-Scientists, as does Richard Brodie, recognize that we have inherited alertness to danger in our evolution; also we have what evolutionist William D. Hamilton calls “the selfish gene” just as designer-memes in the advertizing world can successfully appeal to our inherited tendencies to fight, flee, feed, and find a mate. Even with the most successful of Sheldrake’s Morphic Fields, designer-memes will spread more rapidly.
On the other hand, 20th Century Social Scientists have noted that we have strong tendencies toward “belonging” or affiliation, many of us use a “caring instinct” and/or urges toward distinguishing ourselves, perhaps like Abraham Maslow’s “top of the ladder” called “Self-actualization.”
One question remains. Will the designer-memes hold sway or will there be enough of us to “be the change we want to see in the world”? Frankly, I can imagine many people actually exploiting with designer-memes. Yet, I can also imagine, as did the Beatle’s song “Imagine”, a victory of Hearts over self-centered minds, as the meme of Purpose remains the “fire in the belly” of those who dream of good things happening on a mass scale. “You may say I’m a dreamer. But, I’m not the only one!” I think it is clear that examples like Bill Gates and Richard Brodie were “On-purpose” as I write this for the same inspiring reason! Yes, I know the Self that is actualised at the top of Maslow’s ladder!
There is one more source of inspiration here and it doesn’t actually require us to gather in great numbers as did Mandela’s followers. It can take place in the quietness of our awareness in what has been called Mindfulness Meditation, as we breath, in the here and now of the present moment, and as we contemplate the meme of our Purpose, we can give the power of agreement to all others with their Purpose in mind. This is actually lending our power to the Purposeful Morphic Field in the mass-subconscious!