[The English below is based on an automatic Google translation. If you speak Italian and English, please help us correct it. The original Italian transcript, from the website of Radio 2 dISPENSER, is below. In the audio, the brief report on Yoism is followed by an interview with Giuliano Polverari, webmaster and creator of www.yoismo.it. Click here to go to the Yoism Italy website.]
13/01/2010 - DO IT YOURSELF RELIGION
In recent years, the concept of open source, or shall we say of “shared projects,” has spread like wildfire, from software to medicines via soft drinks.
No wonder that now, in a partly serious and partly humorous movement, open source is starting to affect even a spiritual field, that of religion.
The concept of “religion a la carte” is not new, but in recent times, the phenomenon is becoming quite large.
As demonstrated by a recent survey, 71% of Americans said that he had prepared his own religious “kit.” In most cases it is a combination of elements that come from the great world religions, from Christianity to Hinduism from Islam to Buddhism.
One of the major examples of open source religion is Yoism, born in the mid 90s in the area around Boston. The first written work appeared on the site www.yoism.org in October 1998. It was written by the founder, Daniel Kriegman, entitled “The World According to Yo, as told to Daniel.”
Yo is the term used to describe the first essence, the source and the mystery behind the universe. The reference volume is “The Book of Yo” which is continually updated.
In reality Yoism is a complex system that incorporates elements of philosophy and diverse religious backgrounds, ranging from the pantheism of Spinoza to Mahayana Buddhism, up to Taoism, which has profound similarities, starting obviously from the name itself. The key principles are summarized in full respect for human life and rights relating thereto, in the rejection of any dogma, care and concern towards the environment, and the need to create a somehow fairer system of justice.
In 2005, Yo, Inc. [incorporated in 2002] was recognized by the U.S. government to be a nonprofit religious organization — whose aim is obviously to promote and spread the cult of Yo.
In short, although we have not fully understood what they believe, the Yoans seem very nice.
Everything else, of course, is debatable. As Daniel Kriegman says: “There’s always the possibility of discovering that what you believe is false.”