What does Current Objective: Survive mean?
Current Objective: Survive is a reaction image macro format, used on the internet to refer to the danger and difficulty of staying alive if one expresses a controversial idea.
The image macro consists of a screenshot from the famous video game Halo: Reach.
What's the origin of Current Objective: Survive?
Halo: Reach, where the screenshot is taken from was released on September 14th, 2010 in the US.
The first time, the screen capture was posted was on August 31, 2017, on the /v/ board of 4chan.
The post described a scenario where a zombie virus breaks out in the UK and the Brits make a grandiose effort at infecting the most populous cities of Europe and the US.
The punchline of the post is the screenshot, which reads “Current Objective: Survive”.
Spread & Usage
How did Current Objective: Survive spread?
The format gained a large amount of recognition and popularity within a few days, appearing on Imgur.
It was first submitted to Reddit on February 3rd, 2018, first in the r/MemeEconomy subreddit, then others, like r/dankmemes.