Last Updated on January 24, 2023
Who said memes can’t be motivational? The great thing about memes is that it can be made out of anything (movie scenes, classic portraits, 60s comics), and as long as it feels relatable enough to a good number of people – boom! You have magic.
What is a Meme
Richard Dawkins was the one credited for coining the term ‘meme’, to mean a sort of replicator that does not need chemistry or a body. Rather, what he meant was an evolution of ideas, or the replication of something because the human race has deemed it to be real or true.
For example: no one really knows what Isaac Newton looks like. Even his portraits could be mere interpretations of the artist as he sees him. But because a lot of people have agreed that the existing images and/or sculptures that we have of Isaac Newton is him, then it is.
The same can be said of popular catchphrases and certain words (e.g. tantrum, girl, curse, etc.). Their origins can be so obscure that no one can truly tell when they begun, and from whom. But we can all relate to it, and use it in our everyday conversations.
And that’s a meme. In short: memes usually spread from an unknown source, people from the internet find it funny, and from there, it just spreads like wildfire and continues on.
Whether or not the meme survives (many don’t), no one knows in particular how that happens either. There are old memes that are still funny and relevant today (Distracted Boyfriend, American Chopper, The Most Interesting Man); while others have already gone to the other side (Nyan Cat, Trollface, Double Rainbow).
There are different kinds of memes. While many are funny, they can also be described as obscure, comics, and classics. Of course, there are motivational memes as well to make you smile and help you seize the day.
Motivational Memes To Inspire You