(A file consisting of excerpts
from the PRINCIPIA
DISCORDIA, a non-copyright book which serves as a "bible" for
Discordians. It may answer some questions about Discordianism
-- but, then again, it may not.)
(Eris = Goddess of Confusion;
slightly adapted from Greek
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GODDESS OF CONFUSION
"There are trivial truths and there are great truths. The
opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of
a great truth is also true" --Neils Bohr.
ON PRAYER: Mal-2 was
once asked by one of his Disciples if he
often prayed to Eris. He replied with these words: No, we
Erisians seldom pray, it is much too dangerous. Charles Fort
has listed many factual instances of ignorant people
confronted with, say, a drought, and then praying fervently --
and then getting the entire village wiped out in a torrential
THE LAW OF FIVES:
The Law of Fives is one of the oldest Erisian Mysterees.
It was first revealed to Good Lord Omar and is one of the
great contributions to come from the Hidden Temple of the
POEE subscribes to the Law of Fives of Omar's sect. And
POEE also recognizes the holy 23 (2+3=5) that is incorporated
by Episkopos Dr. Mordecai Malignatius, KNS, into his
Discordian sect, the Ancient Illuminated Seers of Bavaria.
The Law of Fives states simply that: ALL THINGS HAPPEN IN
FIVES, OR ARE DIVISIBLE BY OR MULTIPLES OF FIVE, OR ARE
SOMEHOW DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY APPROPRIATE TO FIVE.
The Law of Fives is never wrong.
In the Erisian Archives is an old memo from Omar to Mal-2:
"I find the Law of Fives to be more and more manifest the
harder I look."
POEE (Pronounced "POEE") is an acronym for the PARATHEO-
ANAMETAMYSTIKHOOD OF ERIS ESOTERIC. The first part can be
taken to mean "equivalent deity, reversing beyond-mystique".
We are not really esoteric, it's just that nobody pays much
attention to us.
MY HIGH REVERENCE MALACLYPSE THE YOUNGER, AB, DD, KSC, is
the High Priest of POEE, and POEE is grounded his episkopotic
revelations of The Goddess.
The POEE HEAD TEMPLE is the Joshua Norton Cabal of The
Discordian Society, which is located in Mal-2's pineal gland
and can be found by temporally and spatially locating the rest
POEE has no treasury, no bylaws, no articles, no guides
save Mal-2's pineal gland, and has only one scruple -- which
Mal-2 keeps on his key chain.
POEE has not registered, incorporated, or otherwise
chartered with the State, and so the State does not recognize
POEE or POEE Ordinations, which is only fair, because POEE
does not recognize the State.
ORDINATION AS A POEE PRIEST:
There are no particular qualifications for Ordination
because if you want to be a POEE Priest then you must
undoubtedly qualify. Who could possibly know better than you
whether or not you should be Ordained?
NO TWO EQUALS ARE THE SAME
THE DISCORDIAN SOCIETY
The Discordian Society has no definition.
I sometimes think of it as a disorganization of Eris
Freaks. It has been called a guerilla mind theatre.
Episkopos Randomfactor, Director of Purges of Our People's
Underworld Movement sect in Larchmont prefers "The World's
Greatest Association of What-ever-it-is-that-we-are." Lady
Mal thinks of it as a RENAISSANCE THINK TANK. Fang the
Unwashed, WKC, won't say. You can think of it any way you
An EPISKOPOS OF THE DISCORDIAN SOCIETY is one who prefers
total autonomy, and creates his own Discordian sect as The
Goddess directs him. He speaks for himself and for those that
say they like what he says.
The LEGION OF DYNAMIC DISCORD: A Discordian Society
Legionnaire is one who prefers not to create his own sect.
If you want in on the Discordian Society
then declare yourself what you wish
do what you like
and tell us about it
if you prefer
are no rules anywhere.
The Goddess Prevails.
The Hell Law says that Hell is reserved exclusively
for them that believe in it. Further, the lowest Rung in Hell
is reserved for them that believe in it on the supposition
that they'll go there if they don't.
-- HBT; The Gospel According to Fred, 3:1
In the year 1166 B.C., a malcontented hunchbrain by the name
of Greyface, got it into his head that the universe was as
humorless as he, and he began to teach that play was sinful
because it contradicted the ways of Serious Order. "Look at
all that order about you," he said. And from that, he deluded
honest men to believe that reality was a straightjacket affair
and not the happy romance as men had known it.
It is not presently
understood why men were so gullible ÿat
that particular time, for absolutely no one thought to observe
all the DISORDER around them and conclude just the opposite.
But anyway, Greyface and his followers took the game of
playing at life more seriously than they took life itself and
were known even to destroy other living beings whose ways of
life differed from their own.
The unfortunate result
of this is that mankind has since been
suffering from a psychological and spiritual imbalance.
Imbalance causes frustration, and frustration causes fear.
And fear makes a bad trip. Man has been on a bad trip for a
long time now.
It is called THE CURSE OF
HERE FOLLOWS SOME PSYCHO-METAPHYSICS.
If you are not hot for
philosophy, best just skip it.
The Aneristic Principle is that of APPARENT ORDER; the
Erisitic Principle is that of APPARENT DISORDER. Both order
and disorder are man made CONCEPTS and are artificial
divisions of PURE CHAOS, which is a level deeper than is the
level of distinction making.
With our concept making apparatus called "mind" we look
at reality through the ideas-about-reality which our cultures
give us. The ideas-about-reality are mistakenly labeled
"reality" and unenlightened people are forever perplexed by
the fact that other people, especially other cultures, see
"reality" differently. It is only the ideas-about-reality
which differ. Real (capital-T True) reality is a level deeper
than is the level of concept.
We look through the world through windows on which have
been drawn grids (concepts). Different philosophies use
different grids. A culture is a group of people with rather
similar grids. Through a window we view chaos, and relate it
to the points on our grid, and thereby understand it. The
ORDER is in the GRID. That is the Aneristic Principle.
Western philosophy is traditionally concerned with
contrasting one grid with another grid, and amending grids in
hopes of finding a perfect one that will account for all
reality and will, hence, (say unenlightened westerners) be
True. This is illusory; it is what we Erisians call the
ANERISTIC ILLUSION. Some grids can be more useful than
others, some more beautiful than others, some more pleasant
than others, etc., but none can be more True than any other.
DISORDER is simply unrelated information viewed through
some particular grid. But, like "relation", no-relation is a
concept. Male, like female, is an idea about sex. To say
that male-ness is "absence of female-ness", or vice versa, is
a matter of definition and metaphysically arbitrary. The
artificial concept of no-relation is the ERISTIC PRINCIPLE.
The belief that "order is true" and disorder is false or
somehow wrong, is the Aneristic Illusion. To say the same of
disorder, is the ERISTIC ILLUSION.
The point is that (little-t) truth is a matter of
definition relative to the grid one is using at the moment,
and that ÿ(capital-T) Truth, metaphysical reality, is
irrelevant to grids entirely. Pick a grid, and through it
some chaos appears ordered and some appears disordered. Pick
another grid, and the same chaos will appear differently
ordered and disordered.
Reality is the ultimate Rorschach.
THE LAST WORD
The foregoing document
was revealed to Mal-2 by the Goddess
Herself through many consultations with Her within his Pineal
Gland. It is guaranteed to be the Word of Goddess. However,
it is only fair to state that Goddess doesn't always say the
same thing to each listener, and that other Episkoposes are
sometimes told quite different things in their Revelations,
which are also the Word of Goddess. Consequently, if you
prefer a Discordian Sect other than POEE, then none of these
Truths are binding, and it is a rotten shame that you have
read all the way down to the very last word.
Joshua Norton, or as he
preferred to be called, Norton I,
proclaimed himself Emperor
of the United States and
Protector of Mexico in 1859.
Although a pauper, he was
fed free in San Francisco's
Although a madman, he had all
his state proclamations
San Francisco newspapers.
While rational reformers
elsewhere failed to crack the
national bank monopoly
with alternate currency
plans, Norton I had his own
private currency accepted
throughout San Francisco.
When the Vigilantes decided to
have a pogrom against the
Chinese, and sane men would
have tried to stop them, Norton I
did nothing but stand in the
street, head bowed, praying.
The Vigilantes dispersed.
"When the proper man does
nothing (wu-wei), his thought
is felt ten thousand miles."
-- Lao Tse
Although a fool, Norton I wrote
letters which were seriously
considered by Abraham Lincoln
and Queen Victoria.
"You must take the bull by the
tail and look the facts
in the face."
-- W.C. Fields
Although a charlatan, Norton I
was so beloved that 30,000
people turned out for
his funeral in 1880.
"Everybody understands Mickey
Mouse. Few understand Hermann
Hesse. Hardly anybody
understands Einstein. And nobody
understands Emperor Norton."
-- Malaclypse the Younger, K.S.C.
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