My search for meaning – I mean meta


That’s our “meta” problem…and I don’t know what “meta” means. Which suits me, by the way. I don’t want to know what meta means; I pride myself on not knowing what that means. Only the lure of dirty profit is enough to make me lose my integrity by finding out what it means. My time here on Earth has in many ways been graced with supernatural guidance and influence for all of my 53 blessed years despite not knowing what meta means.

What I do know is that Facebook recently changed its name to Meta…but not really. Because it’s still called Facebook. Is it, in itself, meta?

Please do not answer this question for me. It’s not a real question. I was thinking out loud. I get paid to write this. I only wrote it to hit my word count.

Note: ignorance is happiness. And me to like happiness.

What I thought meta meant was, like, “global”. Or, “big picture.” Like, “the whole thing”. But that doesn’t sound right. It sounds more like the definition of the word universal.

My boss, whom I call Hoss, told me that meta means “self-aware”. If that’s what meta means, then I’m inherently the most meta thing ever descended from the finned creatures that once sprouted legs and crawled from the watery blue depths to tread the fearsome green Earth of God. ‘Cause I’m so self-aware that I get wobbly walking on the crosswalk past the cars knowing the drivers are all staring at me and maybe even staring at my sagging old man ass to their amusement condescending. Which is a horror, quite honestly. At all levels. I wouldn’t recommend anything to anyone.

But I feel like meta doesn’t inherently suck as a concept, so I’m probably wrong.

My colleague is writing an article about writing an article, and this, I’m told, it’s meta. And it’s such a great concept that I wish I had thought of it first, and I can’t wait to read his article.

But I still don’t know exactly what meta means. And am I stealing his idea by writing an article about not knowing what meta means? A little, but not exactly, which makes it seem like it’s OK if I do. Because his article is sure to contain real information, while mine does not. And that’s a significant difference.

Well, I better start my research to find out what meta means. Hoss ordered me to. Let no one hold their breath. Carry on as usual; my people will contact your people when the realization occurs.

Mark Fernquest lives and works somewhere north of Facebook’s headquarters. He is SOOOO meta.

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