by Simon Henry @simlington
You can’t move on the internet for ‘inspirational’ quote memes telling us how to live our lives.
It wouldn’t be so bad if it was just Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Lennon, Einstein and Dr Seuss telling us what to do.
They were all pretty decent coves weren’t they?
They had dreams, they actually achieved things, they wrote really funny and inspiring books and songs.
But it’s not just inspirational geniuses being quoted now.
‘Spiritual gurus’, religious nutters and even normal people armed with apps that create these memes easily and quickly have got in on the act.
You can’t move for this sort of inane crap from Deepak Chopra.
At least it doesn’t mention God or Christ – but I still want to choke the person who produced this meme.
He’s really really annoying – not least because he makes absolutely loads of money from this drivel.
But in his defence at least he doesn’t mention the dreaded …
This isn’t the most sickly of religious inspirational memes, but it’s still really depressing.
As an atheist, I feel a very queasy about the Christian obsession with a half-naked men on a cross.
And it’s not enough for him to be crucified – Christians also have to drink his blood and and eat his body too. Poor Jesus.
Still, each to his or her own.
Then there’s the DIY stuff, made possible by the ubiquity of smartphones and their pesky apps.
These are usually produced by people who’ve obviously just had a relationship and/or emotional breakdown and are trying to convince themselves and the world that they’re okay.
Here’s an example.
Oh Christ you can feel the anger and pain can’t you?
This stuff is pretty addictive. Let’s move on before we get stuck
So here’s an attempt to redress the balance.
I hope the examples I’ve created below provide a reminder to switch your brain off if you ever see these memes on your screen.
This is scientifically verifiable.
Failure is good. It means someone else gets to win. Don’t worry about it. We’re all dust anyway.
I don’t even want to go there.
Seems like pretty fair comment.
Ah that’s better.
And just to get the message across, here’s a little friend I’ve made.
I hope you like him – he may make another appearance soon.
If you enjoyed this, you may like a recent post, How Mindfulness can make us all a bit happier
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