DES MOINES, IOWA – While scrolling through his Facebook newsfeed, normally a deluge of cat photos and passive aggressive status updates, Matthew Wilson happened upon a truly remarkable sight: an inspirational meme, imploring its readers to follow their dreams and to always do what makes them happy.
“I’m not a religious man, but it’s as if God Himself was speaking through social media, to encourage me to get my shit together. I’m thirty-one years old, with no job, no girlfriend, and no real ambitions in life. It’s so clear to me now that I need to be the change I want to see in the world, to live life to the fullest. I mean, carpe diem, right?”
Upon receiving this sagely advice, Wilson shared it on all of his social media profiles, hoping that others would also find inspiration within the large watermarked image.
By all accounts, it seems to have worked.
“I never really understood how precious the value of life is, until I saw that meme. I mean, it sounds stupid, but it’s like The Buddha said: ‘Count your blessings!’” said Miranda Hutchins, as she tuned her sitar.
In response to the viral message of hope and change, sanctimonious douchebags all over the internet have experienced a sort of spiritual awakening. Even 4chan’s most infamous image board, /b/, has found itself sharing such content, in a newly designed effort to “make the internet a happier, more enlightened place.”
“My future seemed so bleak. I spent years mindlessly wasting my life away, trolling the forums. Because of this illuminating post, I now realize that there is so much more to life than aggravating people on the internet. I have a job interview next week, and my Bible study group has been wonderful! Life is great,” enthused 4chan user, Iluvtitties420.
In the wake of this infectious optimism, Hiroyuki Nishimura, who currently owns 4chan, has decided to rename the board “/binspired/.”