..well this guy did.
from the man who brought you “i read the entire encyclopedia,” comes: “i grew a beard and followed archaic regulations!”
this guy identified 700 rules/prohibitions he found in the bible and stuck to them.
he said of the experience:
“I would say I’m more thankful. I focus on the hundred little things that go right in a day, instead of the three or four things that go wrong. And I love the Sabbath. There’s something I really like about a forced day of rest. Also, during the experiment I wore a lot of white clothes, because Ecclesiastes says let your garments always be white, and I loved it, so I look like Tom Wolfe now. Wearing white just made me happier. I couldn’t be in a bad mood walking down the street looking like I was about to play in the semifinals at Wimbledon.”
..and so how did his wife take it?
“Parts of the Bible say that the man is the head of the household and should make the decisions, which did not translate into reality in our household. She found that a disturbing part of religion.”
..and then he gets deep:
“We all talk about freedom of choice, but there’s something very attractive about freedom from choice. Religion provides structure, mooring, anchoring. Should you covet? No. Should you give 10 percent to the needy? Yes. It really structures your life. After my year I felt unmoored, overwhelmed by choice. I have adjusted, but I’m still overwhelmed by choice, as we all are in America.”
read the whole interview with this guy here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/
update: npr interviewed this guy