I was reading a terribly interesting article last night regarding 'social diseases'. Social diseases are spread through socialization with other human beings. Obesity is one such disease according to this idea. Now I think obesity is a poor example but what if one were to treat the whole of our human system as a living organism and ideas and concepts as cells (which are just information. DNA.) then I believe sincerely we might find a better way of dealing with the truly damaging infections which surround us. Damage is defined in this case as ideas which get into a person and change their behavior in such a way as they become unable to socialize with the majority of their surrounding population or humanity at large. What are viruses? They're just information. Wrapped up in a protein and growing in a particular set of cells they transfer from one person to the next and one cell to the next. Ideas and viruses have a surprising amount in common. Take one common idea in this country. A virus has to have a vector. Weed is Bad. This is one of the most common ideas our civilization has running. It's patently operating on falsified information and the attempts to enforce the idea have been a thousand times more damaging than the thing which it is fighting. What was the vector by which 'Weed is Bad' was spread? Nancy Reagan was a big contributor so we'll call her one of the vectors. We'll also call the public education campaigns run by both government and private industries which had something to gain from outlawing hemp 'vectors'. The cells are individual people. How many individual people were hurt by the attempts at this spreading disease? It moves into a person via a public education campaign then grows or is rejected. Rejection is done via the brain's internal immune system. Some people have better immune systems than others and some immune systems will actually attack beneficial ideas (in the same way some people's bodies will attack the lining of the stomach or other parts which they shouldn't) Over time people have developed and mutated an immunity to this damaging disease/idea and now it's lost a lot of it's credibility. If this is in fact the case, wouldn't it be likely that we could develop anti-biotic memes which would effect diseases that infect culture? Few people could logically claim the legal system of Afghanistan which throws small children and young girls in jail for being raped by men three times their age they were 'married' to is a beneficial idea. Still it heavily infects their culture. Killing a cell is a counter-productive method for removing a disease. If a cell splits open, it spills the virus all around it. A martyr to the viral cause. Now this is just a rudimentary idea just now. I would like feedback.