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Religious Sauces Questionable

Imagine in 20 years time looking back over your class photos, picking out mates, people you didn’t know and then the guy with to colander on his head. I’d love to have a time machine to see where this story from todays NZ HeraldNZ Herald goes. Briefly, a student has claimed his school breached his human rights by not allowing him to wear his religious headwear (a colander) for school photos, he is a Pastafarian.

Pastafarianism is a thing – a legitimate religion; therefore, he should be entitled to follow his chosen faith but the school probably didn’t know what to make of it when he showed up with his shiny colander. Because on the surface, a kid turning up to school with a kitchen utensil on his head, does not fit the common understanding of religious headwear right?

I am curious about Pastafarianism and it’s ‘mocking approach’ of religion. For example the name of their church, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, so I am wondering how other students from other religions feel about this guy getting all this publicity regarding his rights.

I still think it is important for young people to challenge rules and maybe people should not be too concerned about his future. It reminds me of this clip from Zeitgeist Moving Forward. Jacque Fresco has never been scared to challenge the system and has started a global movement (The Venus Project) because of his ability to challenge ideas.

While I respect his right to practice his chosen religion I’m not sure if the violation of his rights is worthy of a complaint to The Human Rights Commission, I don’t know his argument is ‘meaty enough’. I’d like to see him approach the Board Of Trustees and request a uniform review and perhaps consult with other religious groups in schools who have worked through these tricky issues. If he as committed as he says he is he needs to submit a proposal like everyone else.

Finally Religious persecution is a thing he might need to get used to. If he is a devout Pastafarian his faith should get him through the tough times. He simply needs to return to the sauce of his beliefs and feast on the goodness it brings.

 

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Lego Movie – lessons on following instructions

I love Lego and am an unashamed adult who still plays with it. The movie is ‘awesome’ and I especially enjoyed the underlying messages I picked up about life and what things we pay attention to when it comes to deciding how we build structures and meaning into it. I’d like to share some of the learning and meaning I took from watching The Lego Movie and hope it makes sense to those who haven’t seen it.

Watching the world of Bricksburg through the eyes of Emmet, it wasn’t hard to recognise the idea that we all follow rules and instructions whether we are aware of them or not. Some of these seem necessary for the sake of preventing chaos but others perhaps encourage limited explorations of creativity and even shut down free thought.

We might not have instruction manuals lying around for everything from breathing to how to make friends, but I’d suggest there could be some strong ideas out there about how you should proceed in life to make it work well. Emmet was happy following the instructions and that is also true — people like structure, routine, certainty — to know how it will look at the end is comforting. I suppose I also notice a down side to this when something doesn’t quite fit or a bit of life falls off — there is worry and anxiety that it doesn’t ‘look right’.  Read More…