I’ve been a bit ill the last couple of days so hopefully this explains the following madness based on my feverish train of thought. I should also say that I really hope that I don’t offend anyone, but here goes …
Reading Cycling health New Zealand I notice that a helmet exemption can be applied for in the following way:
Under subclause 7 of “Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004 section 11.8 Safety Helmets for Cyclists”, it’s possible to seek an exemption from wearing a cycle helmet. You can apply on the grounds of religious belief or physical disability or other reasonable grounds.
Apparently, reasonable grounds do not include the fact that the helmet law has been a disaster and is a complete joke. In NZ, it’s akin to ‘TheÂ Emperor’s New Clothes’, and in the rest of the world everyone thinks we are completely stupid.
So I started to think about starting up my own religion with strict ‘no helmet wearing’ rules, and what was involved. The internet being such a fabulous entity, I came across the following information in response to my Google search ‘how to start a religion’ – simple!
It includes helpful hints on things like naming your god:
“Make sure that the Full Title and Name are Always Capitalized. This is because everybody knows that something that has Capital Letters Is Much More Important than something that isn’t.”
It also covers things that we already know from the current misinformed ‘impenetrableÂ force-field’ perception of the helmet and the complete acceptance of a law that requires it:
“Once people see this a few hundred times, they’ll start believing it without even realizing it”
With this in mind, I also wondered whether we could add an appendage to helmets as a socialÂ experiment,Â such as aÂ pieceÂ of tin foil to afford extra protection from flying objects & thought control and reduce gamma ray exposure, to see how long it would take people to think that the tin foil was essential.
So … any ideas for my fledgling religion?
We do already have the ‘Devil/anti-christ’ role filled by the venerable Stephen Joyce, but I’m very open to suggestions for commandments,Â religiousÂ outfits (I quite like purple), chants, a catchy name, narrative about how the world was formed etc …
For modern religions, it appears that then all we need is a website with a large ‘Donate’ button!