First published in the International Post-Dogmatist Quarterly – Volume 1 – Issue 1 – 1994
We believe in a thousand ‘true’ post-dogmas.
Our post-dogma is like a newt, clinging to a bending reed, changing colors to suit the differing conditions that an intelligent newt might find itself in.
Our post-dogmas hang out of every available opening always seen, always changing.
Our post-dogmas are like whining, grunting little puppies, whose breath smells of sweet mother’s milk, and who can elicit a smile, as they poop on your shoes.
Our post-dogmas are sometimes born into the world congenitally defective, burning up thousands of lifetimes of bad-dog karma in a single stroke. They require constant feeding, producing prodigious poopings. Tired, weary parasites find their home in our post-dogmas generous, scraggly coat.
Our post-dogma requires exactly the environment it likes. It may sleep almost it’s entire life, except awakening to practice the procreative arts.
Our post-dogmas are all hopelessly domesticated, often a constant source of worry, prone to naughtiness if not tended to. Keepers of the thousand post-dogmas must constantly sift, discuss, forget, remember, defend, dismiss, invent, lampoon, display, buy, sell and trade their post-dogma credos.
Our task is only to seek to forget our truest self, and once forgotten, spend years trying to get back in touch with it.
The accomplished Post-Dogmatist is one who is, from time to time, absolutely true to himself, and alternatively, false to himself, and hence, completely human. He or she may embody many things, but if truth is one of them, Post-Dogmatist will generally hibernate immediately, or want their back scratched.
Post-Dogmatists are both logical and illogical. Post-Dogmatists know the evil cousins; self-deception, illusion, and transitory truth. They alternate between rationality and irrationality, logic and illogic, as all humans do. They constantly theorize, think and do things, ( not necessarily in that order ). They may advocate or not, speculate or not, postulate or not, contemplate or not, ponder or not, reflect and seek understanding or not, cling to all graspable knowledge but know the limits of it (or not). They may or may not be ‘at one’ with the universe, but if by chance it happens, they would probably keep it to themselves.
Post-Dogmatists may deny, dispute, reject, or, conversely, agree, affirm, and accept, as humans are wont to do generally.
Post-Dogmatists may feel discontented, distraught, pensive, confused and befuddled (or, from time to time, free of such negativity).
Post-Dogmatists maintain perfect balance, until they fall down.
We, the originators of the Post-Dogmatic Credo, do hereby affirm and acclaim this to be our statement. We salute all readers of this document in the traditional Post-Dogmatic way. (see explanation)
I.B Anonymos, 1987
(To perform the traditional Post-Dogmatists’ salute, simultaneously drop to one’s right knee, bow one’s head extend right arm out and forward, with palm of hand outstretched and upturned, left arm tucked behind back at waist level. Flatulence, as well as rude mouth noises, are optional, depending on the seriousness of the salutee.)