Roughly six months ago – I created the ‘religion’ of Bald Jesusism. To say I created it is a bit of a stretch – I’d say more that it was born from me. Also, the whole six months ago thing – I first registered BaldJesus.com in August of 2019. The first Bald Jesus NFTs were made almost a year ago, around June of 2021 on WAX. The oldest parts of the Holy Bjble were written earlier than that. And to say that, I invented it – well, it’s a dis-service to all the men and women who were part of the Bald Jesus Collective – who made the original artwork, or who participated in the creation of Bald Jesusism in the original Bald Jesus Discord.
So, when it comes down to it – that whole first statement of ‘Roughly six months ago – I created the ‘religion’ of Bald Jesusism.’ isn’t really true at all. But there is more truth to it than not truth, I suppose. Six months ago I was writing the Bald Jesus Bible Living Editiion ‘The Holy Bjble’ and it was about six months ago that the idea of ‘living Bald Jesusism’ for a year came to me. I opted to publish the blockchain edition of the Holy Bjble on December 25, 2021, but honestly, I started living it when I started writing it around November 1st, 2021.
I think I’ve done a pretty good job of documenting it so far, though I haven’t been as ‘prolific’ as I thought I would be. Nor have I been as evangelical – but I’ve tried honor the fun holidays and to spread the word as much as I can. It’s no lie to say that I’ve introduced the ideas of Bald Jesusism and the religion of Bald Jesusism to hundreds, maybe thousands. When I think about that, it kind of blows my mind. And although, they aren’t as public or vocal about it as I have been, I would venture to say that there are at least a handful of people who are also living this philosophy.
In general, it’s designed to be a pretty simple and fulfilling way to live. The hardest parts are probably the simplest – don’t be a dick, walk every day, and create art every day. I’ve tried – but I’ve had to stretch those definitions pretty far to comply – and frankly, there have been days I didn’t walk further than the bathroom, didn’t make art of any kind, and more than a few times I’ve been a dick. Still, I’ve been putting the effort in and when I do – I find that my life is much better for it. Also, I have to admit that it’s been a little hard to tell people that I invented a new religion, let alone that I follow a new religion. I always tell it as a kind of joke, which it is, but also, it’s not. I mean, both.
One thing I’ve learned definitively, it’s hard to get people to follow a new religion. The bottom line of all this is that Bald Jesusism is actually a pretty good way to live and in general, i think it makes your life better if you live it. Also, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. The world is challenging.
As with all things – all of this would be easier if I had some enthusiastic help – but for pretty obvious reasons, my Muslim wife isn’t that and while it’s all fun and games for me as an adult, I don’t really want to confuse my 10 year old daughter with it any more than her watching me live it probably already is. Converting kids is a dick move in any religion – so I’m not going that route.
Anyway, just wanted to let anyone who might be interested know that I’m still going. I’m still living Bald Jesusism, flawed as I may be at it.