In the world today there are so many devastating events and disasters happening all over and of every magnitude. As a Christian I quite often hear people, of many backgrounds, question God on where He is during all these times of struggle. Or why does God allow all this evil in the world? The blame is then placed on God and His “absence”. My meme was created to bring attention to this and hopefully have people think of where the blame should really be placed, or rather where the accountability should be. We live in a society and culture that is so self centered and focused on our own personal gains like getting ahead, consuming endless resources and just living for ourselves and doing what we want, while not thinking about the future consequences or long term effects of those behaviours. Then when something huge happens in our life, or that of the world, we are so quick to question God’s role and why He allows these things to go on without anything being done about it, instead of taking accountability ourselves. With natural disasters like hurricanes that kill and devastate many, we cop out and blame the wrath of God. Well He flooded the Earth before so why not? We don’t care to look at how we have treated the environment ourselves and the damage done to the ozone. Or how it is majority of poor and impoverished people who can only afford to reside on built up wetlands that are close to these ocean lines that don’t have the same means to escape these situations as the wealthier do. God didn’t do that, we did. Relating back to our week on e-waste and the destruction of Ghana wetlands from our dumping of unrepairable technology; God didn’t do that, we did. Our need for the fastest connections and real time operating that have lead to millions of data centers around the world destroying our environment and using up our resources; God didn’t do that, we did.
The above created meme doesn’t have a specific audience. It can be interpreted by just about anyone and doesn’t need any prior specific knowledge. It makes reference again to human behaviour and also uses the image of a child, who is normally depicted by innocence. The expression on the child’s face is one of “Say what?” or giving you that look like, “Are you serious? Did you seriously just say that?” This expression kind of gives some comical relief to what is a serious issue. It can also be seen in the light of which this is only a child yet he is more aware of the fact that our behaviours and choices have consequences and that it is silly to blame something or someone for our own actions when we don’t like the outcomes.
In creating this meme I used an existing character which is the “Say what” baby. There wasn’t too much back story to him except the expression on his face and this is what I went with. My meme connects to others in the sense that this child is usually found questioning the absurdity of some concepts people have. To begin I started with a general concept of the idea I wanted to portray through the meme. I then used a meme generator (http://memegenerator.net/) and searched through its characters until I found one that I thought helped get my point across in a serious yet comical way. Then I wrote out the saying and tweaked it on paper before finalizing and creating the meme through the generator. Doing all the above on my laptop, I then saved the image to my documents where I would later upload it to this blog… and here it is!