Good question. Yes, a purpose can (and should) be chosen consciously, and can be transmitted memetically (more often the case). But the Purpose I am speaking of is one that captures the essential energy of a person, produces fulfillment, and is in my judgment, upon deep reflection, the best use of my life. Granted it can take some work to figure this out.
Richard Brodie email@example.com
Author, "Virus of the Mind: The New Science of the Meme" Free newsletter! http://www.brodietech.com/rbrodie/meme.htm
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of David McFadzean
Sent: Saturday, June 19, 1999 10:54 PM
Subject: Re: virus: FAQ: question (a) - Level 3
> Richard wrote:
> >(a) What the hell is this Level thing you guys keep arguing over?
This seems to imply that the purpose is somehow separate from all memes. Does the idea of Level 3 depend on this assumption? What if purpose can be chosen consciously and/or transmitted memetically? Where would that leave Level 3?