How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Three Things My Mage Tells Me

Maenethil on the throne of Lordaeron.
Allow me to introduce to you my level 81 Blood Elf Mage, Maenethil. Maenethil has survived the great Cataclysm, defeated the Old God, Yogg'Saron, learned more Azerothian history than most will ever know exists, and looks hotter in a dress than any British comedian. He calls the floating city of Dalaran his home and, under the tutelage of the Kirin Tor, has spent the last few months focusing on his studies before venturing out into the Maelstrom. Smart, sexy, powerful, Maenethil is the whole package; the "real" deal. Anyone would be wise to follow his instruction. And there are three things he especially loves to get across to anyone who will listen...

"I can't cast that yet!"
Maenethil is adamant about the importance of preparedness. Everything has a cool-down time. If you try to rush on to the next spell before properly recovering from the previous, you could severely damage the fabric of your own connection to the arcane. Are you involved in something that takes a lot of energy to do? Don't feel bad about taking a break. Chances are, the work will turn out of much higher quality if you do.

"I need to get closer!"
You can't do everything from a distance. Magi are, perhaps, the most sequestered of Azeroth's classes. They stand in the corner and cast from a distance. Many times, you'll find their trainers in an obscure section of the city. The greatest mage of them all, Medivh, locked himself away in a desolate tower in the middle of nowhere. But even the most powerful of mages needs a friend. Just like Khadgar was there for Medivh, a close friend is more valuable than the most powerful magic. It may feel natural and comfortable to seclude yourself from people, but you need to get closer. There is not one thing more valuable in this world or the next than the relationships we have with one another. And the magic doesn't work until you get closer.

"I need a target!"
Perhaps one of the most important things Maenethil has to tell us about life is to acquire a target. There are different types of targets in life; some more nebulous than others. You may set your target to defeat evil in Azeroth, but unless you have a more focused goal, you could just get stuck in a starting zone defeating the evil that no one cares about; the symptoms of larger, more malevolent forces. You need a target, and you need a focused target. That way when you've defeated the target, you know to move on to another focused target. It may be difficult to find a target sometimes, but you'll find that, in your search, you've learned the lay of the land. Sometimes information is more powerful than magic. You can't just wander aimlessly through life and expect to be noticed. You need a target.

Recently I've found myself sort of wandering aimlessly not knowing what to do next. At the same time, I started back up my World of Warcraft account. It's funny how God can instruct us through some of the most obscure and mundane activities. I've found "I need a target" to be especially relevant for me. I've got so many things going on in my head that I really need to sit down and focus my goals into a simple step-by-step process. Which of these is relevant to you? And is there anything else your WoW character says that strikes a nerve?

Note: The provided picture is of Maenethil at a much lower level. It's the only one I could find.