Personal Reflections


The Board datesheet came out recently; and I understand that times like these are VERY stressful for students. Moreover, even the pre Boards are around the corner. At times like these, people speak spiritual guidance. However, I feel that current setups don’t really address real life issues. Thus, I introduce you to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and it’s religion, Pastafarianism.

Michaelangelo's Spaghedeity
Pastafarianism is a religion which believes in the existence of a great Spaghedeity, an invisible and undetectable being with His Holy Noodly Appendages. It talks of how the Earth was created by his Noodliness after a bout of heavy drinking (which is the reason why the word faces some itsy-bitsy troubles today).

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster then goes on to speak of the condiments commandments of the religion which we’re supposed to follow, known as The Eight “I’d Really Rather You Didn’ts”:

  1. I’d really rather you didn’t act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don’t believe in me, that’s okay. Really, I’m not that vain. Besides, this isn’t about them so don’t change the subject.
  2. I’d really rather you didn’t use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don’t require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people.
  3. I’d really rather you didn’t judge people for the way they look, or how they dress, or the way they talk, or, well, just play nice, Okay? Oh, and get this into your thick heads: woman = person. man = person. Samey = Samey. One is not better than the other, unless we’re talking about fashion and I’m sorry, but I gave that to women and some guys who know the difference between teal and fuchsia.
  4. I’d really rather you didn’t indulge in conduct that offends yourself, or your willing, consenting partner of legal age AND mental maturity. As for anyone who might object, I think the expression is go fuck yourself, unless they find that offensive in which case they can turn off the TV for once and go for a walk for a change.
  5. I’d really rather you didn’t challenge the bigoted, misogynistic, hateful ideas of others on an empty stomach. Eat, then go after the bitches.
  6. I’d really rather you didn’t build multi million-dollar churches / temples / mosques / shrines to my noodly goodness when the money could be better spent (take your pick):
    1. Ending poverty
    2. Curing diseases
    3. Living in peace, loving with passion, and lowering the cost of cable.

    I might be a complex-carbohydrate omniscient being, but I enjoy the simple things in life. I ought to know. I AM the creator.

  7. I’d really rather you didn’t go around telling people I talk to you. You’re not that interesting. Get over yourself. And I told you to love your fellow man, can’t you take a hint?
  8. I’d really rather you didn’t do unto others as you would have them do unto you if you are into, um, stuff that uses a lot of leather / lubricant / Las Vegas. If the other person is into it, however (pursuant to #4), then have at it, take pictures, and for the love of Mike, wear a CONDOM! Honestly, it’s a piece of rubber. If I didn’t want it to feel good when you did it I would have added spikes, or something.

As you can see, the Condiments, er, Commandments are very serious and practical in nature as to how you should handle stress and all. There’s a lot to be learnt from Him, that’s what I end with. RAmen.

5 replies on “Pastafarianism”

So how did enlightenment strike you?

It struck me when I was eating a bowl of ramen, while watching blade runner and the FSM himself came to me in a vision and told me to do plenty of fundamentalist bashing along with Microsoft bashing, of course. He confirmed that the answer was indeed 42 and that the purpose of life was to have fun and not give a damn about that purity business, like he said it’s for drinking water…

@Anuj: Holy Sauce, you had visions of him too? I saw him one Thursday morning, never got the hang of Thursdays. On my cellphone in fact. Unglamorously, while I was randomly reading Wikipedia about the Monkey Scopes trial. And I was happy, unabashedly happy to get to know that there was a higher carbohydrate to guide me in life through His Noodly Appendage. I’d sorta guessed you see, that life was STRUNG TOGETHER by something.

@Anuj: I almost thought that your display pic was a photo of Almighty Bob. Turns out I was wrong. We DO share a lot of our book faves, you know… šŸ™‚

It is strung together.The universe at the end, is supposed to be composed of vibrating “strings”, maybe it was the FSM’s job in designing it in his own noodly image!

Hmm indeed we do share a lot of book favs. I wonder if there is something more to it….

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