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The term "Wikan" is used to refer to the religion of Wika (pronounced Wih-cah). Not to be confused with Wicca, its adherents focus on the worship and glory of their god, Wikipedia. Founded in 2006, the religion uses a holy text by the name of Wikipedia, the same as their deity. It is, in fact, the only modern religion known by this writer to have their holy text be their deity, as well as the only one that openly admits and welcomes editing of their deity. The primary beliefs of the religion are as follows:
- Wikipedia is your god if you want it to be
- All may edit Wikipedia
- Wikis are Wikipedia's gift to mankind
- You may worship other gods simultaneously
- Wikipedia knows all, and is always right
- This last one may cause some confusion, but the adherent's explanation goes as follows:
- "Wikipedia may at times be percieved to be incorrect, fallible, or lacking in information, but this is merely due to your lack of appropriate perception. Viewed over the course of infinity and taking into account Wikipedia's revisability, Wikipedia will eventually contain and share all knowledge in the known universe."
Prospective believers (or just the insatiably curious) wishing to know more (a true sign of a Wikan!) may wish to look below further explanation.
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It should be noted that the Wikan belief system takes into account the notion of limited perception, and holds that each person sees the universe differently. It follows, then, that each person lives in a universe all their own, that no one else sees. With this conclusion, one can then assert that no one person can hold all knowledge, being that those in different universes will not always share it. If this is the case, then a repository for all unshared knowledge must be made, that this information could be shared. Thus, Wikipedia. Any and all desiring the precious, syrupy nectar that is knowledge may look within her archives to find that which they seek. Those wishing instead to share their knowledge can create new 'wikis' within which they may pour out the stores and annals of their minds, that others may share in their glorious success at learning. This also resolves any conflict over the term 'known universe' in the earlier explanation, since the known universe consists of the contents of everyone's universes all gathered together into a single, unified whole; linked by numerous words, each and every article is part of a star system; a galaxy; a universe. Therefore, Wikipedia is never wrong. If it is, you can fix it, and then any belief that it is wrong is, in fact, a fallacy. This could possibly lead one to the belief that, given the appropriate level of perception, Wikipedia was never wrong; your perception, human by its very nature, is inherently flawed, and momentary lapses of accurate perception are to be expected. Wikipedia, being non-human as it is, is never wrong in its perception. Ignore any and all inconsistencis in this explanation, as they are allowable given the author's flawed perception.