Mayo-ism (Tentative Title)

This is a belief on mayonnaise. If you don't like mayonnaise, get out. Now. (Okay, fine. Stay. See if I care. (Alright, it isn't really about mayonnaise.))

Belief Structure Template

I. Core Beliefs

a. What are the essential truths (belief statements) of your -Ism? You should have between 7 and 10 belief statements that outline the goals of your belief system. (i.e., I believe that all humans have the capacity to make the world a better place. Or, I believe that people are essentially evil and must be made good through a well-structured society. You must use Idopia as a place to host these belief statements.)
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b. How do you act differently because of your beliefs?
    Most, if not all, of my actions are influenced by my beliefs. My beliefs usually affect me subconsciously, in a way where I don't think about it in every move that I make. It's kind of habit not to go against my beliefs. It feels second nature and the beliefs don't actually affect my thinking.

c. What is the purpose of life according your –Ism?
    The purpose of life is to have a satisfactory life before you die. You have to live life to its fullest until you die. The purpose of life should be as simple as that and have no hidden meanings. My belief basically states that you shouldn't look for a 'true' purpose to life because my -ism thinks it would be a waste of time to spend half or more of your own life searching for a purpose.

d. How does the rest of the world differ from your core beliefs? Why are you right? (Why do you keep your beliefs in the face of others who do not share them?)
    When I look around on the newspaper, I can read some interesting stories that include shootings, kidnappings, etc. I can't see plagiarists, thieves, or murderers following my beliefs. Also, other people's beliefs differ slightly from my own beliefs because some of my beliefs are generally morally imperative. My beliefs are usually 'agreed upon' because they are very general statements like 'live your life to the fullest' or 'hard work and ambition results in rewards.' Although, I also personally do not believe that I am 'right.' If somebody came up to me and claimed their main belief was murder, I would respect him for saying so and not belittle him for something that the rest of the world considers malevolent or outrageous. (I would try to avoid him though...)

e. What beliefs do you you share with others? (What common ground do you see between your -Ism and others' -Isms)
    I think that many of my beliefs are very similar to everyone else's, although they may not be held as important or necessary among other beliefs. One likely difference is that I hold a belief that states that credit should be given where it is due. I personally have had a lot of experience with people that cheat or plagiarize for things like tests or projects. It gets me really angry when I see someone slacking off but still gaining credit even if that person's credit benefits me in ine way or another.

f. Which core belief do you think is the central one that all other beliefs revolve around? (You can create a concept map of one of your Core Beliefs using, Inspiration, or Gliffy)
    I think there exists more than one core belief. On the first level, there are the core beliefs or beliefs that shouldn't be gone against no matter what if you follow this -ism. The next stage consist of beliefs that are basically extensions of the core beliefs and these beliefs may have one or two exceptions. If go down one more stage you will find some miscellaneous beliefs that only supplement and fill in the holes that were left by the first two stages. And the usually empty fourth stage consists of beliefs that I was planning to revise or get rid of completely.

II. Role in Society

a. What is your role in society according to your -Ism? (How do you fit in among your peers?)
    My role in society is decided by what I want to do and what is available at the time. The role in society can vary significantly depending on the situation. There is never a set role in the society. The -ism allows you to determine your own role, for good or for bad.

b. What is your method of connection to others? (Are you part of a greater whole? Do you use emotions? Are you able to relate to others through a common experience? Do you see yourself in groups or cliques?)
    When connecting with others, any method can be used. It's difficult to not see youself in a group or a clique and to connect to other people outside of these invisible cliques, but it has been done and it should be attempted. By connecting to other cliques, you bring your clique and his or her clique together. Sometimes when you find yourself in front of a person with a personality that doesn't mix well with your own, then don't try to connect. It would be better off if you ignored one another.

c. How much do you care for yourself vs. other people? (Is your –Ism more concerned with selfishness or giving?)
    In brutal honesty, my -ism is closer to selfishness than giving. It is more important to take care of yourself before giving to others. Before doing countless favors for others, it's important to make sure that you're financially, mentally, and physically stable and are in no way stressed out or have any worries.

e. What is the prevailing metaphor or image that you would use to describe progress? Why would you define your –Ism with this image? (A ladder, a mountain, a treadmill, etc. Feel free to get an image from Morguefile or describe this metaphor through a bubblr strip. or Voicethread)

    Storm clouds in the bright sky resemble a darkness that looms over and shrouds the sunlight. The darkness represents the corruption that occurs everyday. An uncomfortable feeling hangs in the bottom of your soul as the clouds darken the blue sky that you long to see. The stormy weather continues to terrorize the fields and lands you live in. Thunder strikes and rain falls, washing and blowing everything you worked for in that crop field. As a farmer, you give up hope that you can still save your crops and manage to earn enough money to keep your family surviving throughout the winter. This same scenario is similar to my beliefs. When you get criticized by other people, you feel inferior and give up hope in whatever you were trying to do, whether it be accomplishing a goal or learning something new.

f. How do you view major social institutions (government, welfare, religion, etc.)?
    My -ism believes that government is an important part of the society. It helps maintain order among people. Religion is a scapegoat for answers to questions that we haven't answered and other institutions are quite acceptable. My -ism views social institutions as a necessity. Except one major institution cannot become absolute and rule over smaller, but still necessary institutions.

III. Solving Problems

a. What are the “societal goods” that you promote, and how do you promote these? (charity, equality, etc.)
    A "societal good" is equal opportunity. No one should have a better chance at getting a job unless they had earned it by gaining a higher degree in college or something along those lines. The belief mostly influences those naturally poor cities. Someone who was raised in that city is unable to have as well of an education like somewhere where the city is naturally rich. This -ism believes in giving people equal opportunity, such as giving people equal education, at life, but what happens afterward is the fault of the person.

b. What are the “societal ills” that you try to solve, and how do you solve these? (racism, stress, etc.)
    Contrary to popular belief, "one societal ill" is actually equality. I'm not talking about equality as in rights, but substantial equality. The societal good, equal opportunity, gives people the right to have a good education, good childhood, etc. But say that person refuses to do well in school and refuses to take the equal chance presented before him or her, they end up homeless or maybe a little worse off than the average. When people take the time provide these homeless people with shelter and food, and then complain about food shortages, we should just stop helping them altogether. If you think about it, they may have been addicted to drugs or became a delinquent in school, but they took a wrong turn and ended up on the street. They were given the chance to live like the average person, but instead trashed their life. No second chances. (Natural disaster relief is different story.)

c. How does your –ism deal with the invisible, but persistent pressures of life (Patriarchy, the pressure to be a success, the pressure to be cool)?
    Pressure is a necessity of life. If we didn't have pressure, life would be very different. We wouldn't want to succeed in anything. So it's best to keep pressure in. In my -ism, pressure is sort of like a filter, so my -ism ignores it. By successfully dealing with pressure, you will become more successful in life. However if you fall to too much pressure, you may end up addicted to some drug. Pressure acts as the filter that separates the homeless people and the successful business executives. There may be other major factors, but pressure is one factor.

IV. Debate

a. What are the debates that you are concerned with waging? Why? (Abortion, Equality, Truth, Etc.)
    Debates in my -ism are usually avoided. When one person thinks one thing (Abortion is bad!), my -ism prevents people from enforcing that thought onto other people. My -ism isn't necessarily a whole, thought-out belief system. Rather, it's actually more of a guideline to be followed. Opinions on a certain subject can be stated, but the whole debate should be avoided. Debates weren't made to argue about, they were created to settle an issue that two equally-sized groups have argued about. Rather than set up a full-fledged debate, my -ism respects secular decisions like these. If people of my -ism manage to settle thing peacefully, great, but if they cannot reach a unanimous conclusion, then they should drop the case and ignore it.

V. Your Head

a. How does your –Ism influence the way you see everyday sights, events, and objects?
    When I look at everday objects, I try to view them from an average person's perspective. I'd rather not look at things from my own perspective because that would instigate argument over which perspective is better. It's not like different perspectives are bad, it's just that it would help to understand our society if you looked at it from somebody else's perspective (doesn't have to be the average person). It is still possible to maintain a personal point of view, but an attempt at a different perspective while maintaining your own is the goal. For example, when I look at math on a chalkboard, I try not to think 'Jeez, this stuff's so easy!' It's more important to understand how someone else would feel after seeing the board, like 'I think I understand it.'

b. What is a day in your life like because of your -Ism?
    When I compare an -ism's day with a normal day, nothing significant is apparent. A day in my -ism feels like a normal day under ordinary circumstances. But if more awkward situations were to occur, like if a homeless person was sighted, maybe you personally would give him or her money or food, but my -ism would totally ignore it. Cruel but true. In exaggerated cases like these, occasional notable differences show up, but there isn't too much of a difference.

VI. Other Important Aspects

a. What are the other defining aspects of your –Ism that are not discussed in the other sections of this Outline?
    An important aspect of my -ism is that it is important to follow the core beliefs, but my -ism does not influence secular opinions nor does it allow people to enforce secular decisions upon others of this -ism. This is a freely held -ism, and it can act as supplement to other -isms as long as the core beliefs do not contradict each other.
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