They are so incredibly darling, precious, cute, funny, sad, and they feel things so much more deeply and think things out much more profoundly than you ever could. They are so adorable they make you want to laugh and cry all at once, save them all, kick yourself for not having just the right attitude about life, and this is all a big build up to:
Re-share that meme! Send to all the walls, profiles, pictures, bands, pages, channels, whatever internet venue the memes are targeting.
They are meme kids, chain letter children!
Not the odd real child who sometimes ends up as the unfortunate subject of a meme which eventually becomes out of date even if it was true at one time, or the child who really did have a misfortune and whose name and/or picture and story on whole or in part was exploited to pull off a horrible hoax. Memes sometimes stoop this low in a bid for credibility. See Heartless Sick Kid Hoax Gallery and Why Mangle Memes for more on that.
This is about the fictitious kids breezing around in the meme world who are always saying and doing hilarious or deep things, oh, and dying, something that is truly astounding since they never existed in the first place! Another thing they love to do is get you thinking about your own mortality or that of anyone you care about, and if that isn't good enough for them, they also like to make idle threats on your life or the lives of those you care about. All to get you spreading their memes.
Ever notice how children in chain letter stories
1. Are actually angels
2. Are dying
3. Have lost or are about to lose a loved one, mother, father, brother, sister or pet
4. Are treated badly, are poor and/or disabled, or treated badly because they are poor and/or disabled
5. Are supposed to be pitied, admired, and treated so much better than oneself or any other able-bodied, middle-class person, simply because they are children, disabled, poor, sad, angelic, and probably reveal at the end of the story they have a dying family member or pet they've just tried to save by selling all their ragged clothes and worn out shoes, and since that didn't work, they now want to save their loved one by passing on chain letter sob-stories to make you weep and re-share.
6. Always more giving, wiser, braver, more virtuous and so very much happier than all the greedy, busy, overly anxious, blundering, blockheaded adults around them combined. These kids are way Too unbelievably brave, religious, and heroic when faced with something like death, for instance
7. Always saying and doing things that tend to get adults in the heart or outwit and outwise them. They are supposed to be incredibly sweet, cute, funny or any combination of those, but when looked at more objectively, aren't all that great, or else way too cheesy, unbelievable and scripted as if some adult tried to cute up the story and overdid it just a tad.
8. Always in the right when the adults are always in the wrong. Usually one adult, the main first person narrator of the chain letter, is often humbled by the profound sayings or nature of a meme kid, or gets to be some kind of hero and display a bit of altruism which results in him or her being praised and somehow rewarded when the child bestows his/her love on the rare kind adult.
9. Never crying without a good reason or so the stories say
10. Never to be shushed or encouraged to use a little self-control even when they are crying for no good reason and acting like brats - because there's always some super deep reason/excuse underlying the disruptive behavior
11. Are there as a reminder to adults that life, like the fleeting bliss of childhood is short and shouldn't be wasted on daily life things...Work, chores, or anything else that might tear the parent away from the child for two seconds lest the child feels neglected, might die, or the neglectful guardian dies without one last chance to give this meme kid a hug and say those precious three little words
12. Children, the chain letters claim, laugh and smile more and are just happier than adults
Consider this example, an excerpt from the Captain Underpants Name Game chain, that contained a very stale joke. It had a few lines on children VS. adults too.
😏Meme: And remember that children laugh an average of 146 times a day; adults laugh an average of 4 times a day.
🧝♀️Ocean Elf: Hogwash!
1. did the originators of this crappy forward actually go into countless homes and monitor and record every 'ha ha'?
2. I know for a fact, from my own personal experience that adults laugh every bit as much as children do. And, children especially small ones, cry and scream a heck of a lot more than most adults.
Speaking from personal experience, I laugh and enjoy myself a great deal, whether sitting alone in front of the TV, or out with family and friends. I can't help but notice when small children frequently cry, scream, whine, and throw tantrums.
Regardless of age, some people simply laugh more than others.
In other words, the claim about laughter in the Captain Underpants meme is simply made up as a manipulation to get people to share it, believing they are passing on a laugh and causing adult laugh stats to go up as a result.
13. Even though meme kids are being ignored little angels with terminal illnesses and the ability to crush an adult, reducing him or her to a gushing idiot on their knees via profound or witty tongue, or even a wide-eyed look, childhood is always touted in memes as idillic, better than life as an adult. Yes. Life as a chain meme kid is pure bliss while life as an adult is drudgery. Children love more, laugh more, they are always happy and always wise in the most hopeless of circumstances.
14. Worst of all, frightening or saddening, insulting/shaming guilt-tripping, bullying, coercing via dead or dying kid hoax.
Some of the most malignant, malicious and tasteless meme hoaxes are tales about sick and/or dying kids.
These are originated by trolls and they come in two stripes.
a. The kids that tell you they died and will somehow kill you. This type preys on children and their fear.
B. The kids that tell you they are sick and will die if you don't spread their memes, or have died or will soon die, and it is implied or out all out shouted that you must spread their memes in their honor or else you must be a horrible, child-hater, or selfish/lazy/heartless child-hating monster who obviously must not care about the cause of the moment. This is the adult version of the good luck/bad luck/death curse chain letter. It plays on adults and their fear of being thought of as horrible people, or even just fear of bad karma.
Real organizations that are helping sick children are being hurt by these trolling miscreance because so much time is spent answering inquiries about these hoaxes, time and energy that could otherwise be spent on helping real people in trouble. As so eloquently stated on the Truthminers page about these hoaxes, "What's so sad is that real children are sick and we're too busy forwarding emails about fictitious children to help them."
Knowing that, you need never ever feel guilty or heartless for refusing to pass on any meme again.
There are story memes where the adult is the shining star, but usually because they are old, dying, disabled, poor or sorrowful, same reasons kids get to school the rest of us but for the difference in age, the kids being young, cute and supposedly innocent, the adults being old, supposedly wise, and often lonely or sad in some respect, dying, or have died, or else they are some sort of teacher in a classroom setting, and their role is not only to school their silly audience within the meme story, but most importantly, the rest of us on some sort of attitude adjustment as well, so that we will be bowled over by the pseudo-profundity and share share share that meme!
partial list of faux victims who turned out to be hoaxers.
The one that appears to go furthest back is Anthony Parkin, one copy is dated April 17, 1996.
The Jessica Mydek sick kid hoax
Jessica Mydek started making the rounds in January 1997 according to some hoax-busting sites, though one debunk indicates it was going around back in 1996. later, Jessica Mydek was unnamed.
In the Slow Dance version, she was said to be a little girl or teenager lying in a New York hospital.
When the appeals on behalf of this/these sick kids weren't fooling everyone, the hoax kid decided to write mutations in first person, under various names, claim they were being helped out by famous people and big companies, and stealing other people's photos and writings to misuse in these hoaxes.
Who can resist a poem about living as if you'll die or lose someone special tomorrow, or cute pictures of angelic little children or precious infants?
Furthermore, what heartless individual could possibly have the nerve to say no to re-sharing a dying kid message when told that a poem was written as a tribute to, or by this dying kid?
That's just it. Trolls use our sense of decency and what's right against us so we will share instead of question the memes.
It's disturbing to think that you or I could write something that was just meant to make the reader ponder, and then have somebody come along, steal it, say it was written by someone else, real or fictional, and use our writing to perpetuate something they made up about a dying child or anything else, just to sucker people into reposting copies and copies of it all over the net.
But that's exactly what happened to David L Weatherford with his poem, "Slow Dance, and Sally Meyers and her poem, "Spending The Day."
David Weatherford, not some dying kid wrote it, and you can read it on his own site.
It never made sense to me that a child could have written the poem, dying or not. Little kids usually aren't that introspective and just don't write that well.
The poem touches on concepts such as regret and the notion that life is short, things most kids just aren't capable of feeling to this degree. They do have a very strong sense of not wanting to miss out on good things, but it's not a nostalgic "life is short, don't waste it." It's more like "Are we almost there yet?" "No, I don't wanna stop playing with my friend and go home because I don't know when we'll get to do it again, and I'm not in control of that."
The spending the day/To My Child poem was written by Sally Meyers as a tribute to her son Dhylan, when he was diagnosed with autism at 20 months of age.
In that context, the poem, like David L Weatherford's "Slow Dance" is honestly touching.
But, also like "Slow Dance", it was stolen to be misused in a dying child hoax, and Sally was never mentioned as its author.
When ripped off and put into a meme, what was meant to be inspirational writing becomes a tool to hurt, and cause sharers to needlessly spread that hurt around.
Trolls count on it never occurring to us that somebody could come up with such sick lies in order to use the very best of human nature against us, upsetting people and hurting charities just to get sick kicks at our expense. I call that reprehensible!
And a big shout-out to my fellow Christians out there: to trolls, nothing is sacred, not even God. So memes that are full of lies and guilt-tripping, can and do use God's name in vain, all the while, managing to appear as Christian sincerity. They don't scream Christ's name out when angry at someone, which is an obvious blasphemy. No, my friends, their blasphemy is far more subtle than that.
Every time memes go on with some sob story about a fictional kid that will die unless you re-share their story, and then they tell you to say a prayer for this fictitious kid, or tell you God will punish you somehow for ignoring the message, that is blasphemy. It is blasphemy every time a meme message tells you to share it and prove you love God. That sort of re-share often tacks on and twists a scripture warning to their own advantage, not to yours or to God's. Trolls are not interested in whether you are denied by Jesus or not. They just want you thinking that refusing to spread their memes is tantamount to you denying Jesus and putting your salvation at risk; another twisted, blasphemous lie. All they want is control over your actions, so you will do what they want and spread their coercive rubbish memes.
No one who really loves and knows God would use his name to pull off a hoax, especially not one that's so intentionally cruel as to make people feel lower than pond scum for not believing in and carrying out the demands of the meme to the letter. They will answer to a higher power someday, and won't be able to con their way out of the consequences.
I've had it to here and would like to help others break free of the psychological stranglehold these emotional manhandling, guilt-tripping, soppy memes get on them.
I feel particularly strongly about debunking and mangling any and all memes that make up sick sad lies about fictional kidswho face death or are said to suffer any terrible pain or injustice, steal poems, stripping their real authors of due credit, scold and insult people who don't replicate these memes, and causing everyone a lot of needless anxiety while charities have to continually spend time and resources to quash these hoaxes.
Let's turn the tables on the trolls, put a little reality into the picture and ultimately weaken the jolt of sickly cute, cornily laughable or sap-packed painful punches many of these child memes are designed to inflict.
In my articles, why Chain Letters Are So Bad and Why Mangle Memes, I have written out in detail about the motives, deceit, and depths trolls will stoop, but this time we're going a step further and letting it all out, up close and personal. I hope to show you that it is perfectly okay to get irritated, incensed, annoyed, outraged, disgusted, and sound off about and toward the sick people who start these lying, cyber-bullying hoaxes.
It is high time to put these sick trolls in their place and utterly trash their, well, trash.
Now, let them have it, with both barrels, no holds barred.
The Insidious Chain Letter Child video and transcript
Two Cases Lied About In Cruel Charity Hoax
Misty Sarah Chris etc. Child Abuse Hoaxes
Misty Sarah Chris Hoax and Decca's Anti-chain Cause Email Fight
Faux Amber Alert, Tammy Lynn Lawrence, The Kid On The Longest Joyride In Hoax History!
The Shay Meme
Amy Blamy Shamy Bruce
Andrew Anthony Parkin Parkins
Slow Dancing With Jessica Mystink Mydek, David Lackwit Lawitts, Tamara Shamara Martin, Rick Con Artist Connor, George and rachel Arlington Winslet
Kalin Relek, Savannah Foraker, Fatima Harfeez, Krista Marie, Debbie Schwartz
Ostriopliosis kids Tim Flyte and the David Darrens
Walmart Fire Hoax
Dominik James Dagner, Maria
Anonymous Sick Baby Hoax
Writing On Wall/sheet, Gold Box/Paper, Blown Kisses, Hammered Hands etc.
A Little Girl - Smelly Child Abuse Reposting racket
Lisa Marie Gonzalez
Blasphemous Meme Claims Fictitious Abused Little Girl Sees Jesus
I'm Sorry Mom
Bogus MADD Petition
Dead Reckoning Jenny
Near The Door
5 Lessons How To Treat People
Angel In A Pink Dress
Battle Scars terrible glurge
Dance In and Run Through The Rain
I Picked You - Lunch With god
Jimmy's Letter From Heaven
Little Johnny Cat Branson The Baptist
Kid's Letter To God For Money
Kids On What Love Means
Captain Underpants Name Game
How To Learn From Our Kids
Resignation From Adulthood
Now, for my own version of the "Slow" poem.
So, to all you disgusting fraudulent little fictitious bullying chain letter gnats from Amy Bruce to Debbie Schwartz to Misty Sarah Chris and between and beyond, I have just one more question for you.
In the words of a song by TMBG: When Will You Die?