The Great Sandwich Schism – Again

Well, I don’t know about you, but what with you-know-what and the lockdown I feel a bit bleurgh at the moment, so to try to inject a little cheer – or whimsy, anyway – I thought I’d re-post an old one:

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, God created the world. And he looked upon the world and said ‘Well, so far so good’.

And the world was full of beautiful things and good things and a great bounty of useful things that humans would later ransack and destroy in the name of greed, although that is a story for another day.

But when the people whom God had created looked upon his great works, they said unto Him ‘How might we thank you, oh God? How might we show our gratitude for your benevolence?’

And God replied ‘Oh, I don’t know. I really wish you wouldn’t bother. But if you must, just make me a sandwich, or something. I’m feeling a bit peckish after all that creating.’


And so the people made haste to slice bread and find Good Things to become a tasty and delicious filling for the sandwich they had made for their God. And there arose minor disputes such as whether ham and cheese really went together in a sandwich, or whether mayonnaise actually counted as food, but the people settled their quarrel in an amicable fashion and so the sandwich was created and placed upon a golden plate that was decorated with the names of angels and archangels, and set about with small mountains of salad and just a little dash of mustard in case God should fancy some.

And then one among them rose up and said ‘Wait, for we must cut this sandwich before we present it to our God, unless it be a bit too large for him to handle and he drop pieces of cheese from the sides or drip mayonnaise in his holy lap.’

And all at once there arose discord, for some were found who would cut the sandwich in a diagonal fashion, and yet others who declared that would be an affront to His holiness and that the only Right Way would be to cut the sandwich into equal rectangles.

And lo, the factions took up weapons and fought, yea, even in the Holy Kitchen, and they did massacre one another and each declared that the other faction was a worshipper of Satan, who was completely bemused by all this, since he had no followers (not even on Facebook), and they did create rival churches and rival nations and declared undying enmity against each other, spending the next few thousand years thinking up new and more imaginative ways to hate and kill and destroy each other.

And God groaned and held his head in his hands and said ‘Oh verily, what a cock-up this has become. I think I shall destroy the lot of them.’

68 thoughts on “The Great Sandwich Schism – Again

              1. Ishaan Sharma

                I tried roaming the english countryside on google street view. It was nowhere near the real experiencw, but It made me yearn even more to get out and go to a similar place. You live in a beautiful country!

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  1. And meanwhile, poor God had no sandwich! Leave it to humans to try to turn the simplest thing into rocket science … of course the sandwich should have been cut diagonally into 4 triangles!!! So simple! Fun story, Mick … you’ve made me smile … thanks.

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  2. Brilliant, funny, and uncomfortably very close to what could potentially really happen. I’ve had many heated sandwich discussions in the past over fillings and cutting which caused ridiculous bad feeling. My way is obviously right though!

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      1. Greg’s muse is a basket case. Lol. I’m having a really hard time writing too. I have all this time and can’t focus. I’m disciplined, but still… ugh. I hope your muse is keeping up the pressure a little. What a surreal time. Take care.

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    1. Thanks, Arv. Still safe, but Lockdown is still in place. The powers that be are discussing how and when to begin easing the restrictions. Hopefully, it will be done gradually and intelligently (er…right…). Hope you’re safe and well too, Arv.


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