As introduced on Seinfeld, Festivus is a holiday for “the rest of us”, thus Festivism is a religion for the rest of us. Festivist ritual is largely arbitrary and encourages adherents to make up their own.
Ikeaism is inspired by the Swedish furniture store company which has taken over the world (parts, anyway) and changed the way many people feel about home and home furnishings. This Zenlike style can be applied to all aspects of life – placing functionality and logical form over pointless gaudiness and needless accessory, and reducing waste and extravagance. It could be called “Sven Buddhism”!
If one were to distill the works of Monty Python into one sentence, that sentence would probably be, “What’s all this, then?” In taking a bird’s eye view of human culture, Monty Python provided a refreshing tonic to the seriousness inherent in all the world’s ideologies. Their body of work can be said to constitute a comprehensive worldview, albeit one peered at through novelty spectacles.
Bokononism is the idea that human beings need to believe in lies in order to be happy. However, what makes Bokononism unique is that its followers are aware that their beliefs are based on lies. Ironically, this means that a Bokononist is actually quite rational, even if they engage in mythic fictions for the sake of psychological well-being.
Vulcanism is the belief that we can only trust our reason and that emotions are not effective arbiters of truth. That is not to say that emotions don’t have value — they can enhance the quality of life and also inspire hypotheses about the world and its organization.
Jazzism is the view that the world is basically an improvisational jazz concert writ large. The interactions of the various parts fall in and out of harmony and follow counterpoint and climax just as jazz songs do. To understand jazz music, then, is to understand life itself.
Saganism is a form of Scientism which looks to the late scientist and presenter Carl Sagan as the apotheosis of how popular science should be regarded and presented. Sagan managed not only to make science interesting and fun, but he also was an impressive multi-disciplinarian who showed that Science is more than just an experimental method — it can be a way of looking at the world.
The follower of Rockism tends to exalt the freedom that comes with the rock and roll attitude, although they may feel that the true Rock path has become endangered by profane forces. To bring back the true spirit of rock is to return the world to rights.
Informationism is a religion which sees the world as made up of information. By understanding information and its principles we can better understand the world.
Like the Existentialists, Hippieists believe that freedom of lifestyle and personal expression are crucial for humans to reach their full potential and to be truly alive. However, they’re a lot more optimistic than the Existentialists, incorporating a Hedonistic ethos in which the pursuit of pleasure plays a large part.