Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion) (montecristo) wrote,
Robert (Bro. Pepper-spray of Reasoned Discussion)

A meme of a different color.

You see the damnedest things on LJ. Many of the crazy things to pass my reading page are memes. Many profess to despise memes on blog pages, because for the most part, they represent trivial and often silly ideas. Of course, silly triviality is not the essential characteristic of memes. The term "meme", coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins, refers to a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another. Well, I ran across a good one on bronxelf_ag001's page yesterday, one which is not so trivial or silly.

Basically, bronxelf_ag001 used her considerable management skillz to talk a friend of hers into developing a website for a group which she formed. The group was formed to help a mutual friend of theirs cover the considerable cost of cancer treatment medication. To that end, she convinced this group that they should create and sell calendars to raise the funds. But wait, that's not all. No, on top of this, she convinced fifteen of her lovely but non-model gal pals that the calendar should consist of pages featuring them in the buff! Okay, you try talking fifteen women out of their clothes and in front of a camera. I don't know about some people, but I know if I tried that trick I would soon collect a set of overlapping facial palm prints until I looked like some red-tattooed Queequeg. At any rate bronxelf_ag001 managed to pull this off and the calendars are to be printed in December.

It is my contention that the health industry in this country is messed up because of too much government interference. Everyone is trying to use the political process to get what they want and need in the way of healthcare and it is ruining local community cohesion, innovation, initiative, and responsibility, and degrading cost effectiveness, among other things. One of the great things about efforts like these is that these ladies aren't waiting for the political system to come to their rescue. They decided to do something for their friend and they used their talents and initiative to pull it together. This brings me back to the point of the meme. I'd like to see ideas like this spread and take hold in our society again. This effort of theirs is a great idea, and they've pulled it off well. Check it out.
Tags: infomania, memes, philosophy

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