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        (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
        mythology.)

         (For the complete book, write to:  Loompanics Unlimited, PO
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                          PRINCIPIA  DISCORDIA
               The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger

                 ALL RITES REVERSED (K) REPRINT WHAT YOU LIKE

                        Dedicated to the Prettiest One

        POEE
        is one manifestation of
        the DISCORDIAN SOCIETY
        about which
        you will learn more and understand less

        We
        are a tribe
        of philosophers, theologians,
        magicians, scientists,
        artists, clowns,
        and similar maniacs
        who are intrigued
        with
        ERIS
        GODDESS OF CONFUSION
        and with
        Her Doings
 
        "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
        flood.
 
        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
        Happy Jesus.
             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
        of Mal-2.
             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
        like.
             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
            or
            if you prefer
            don't.

            There 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
 
                              CONVENTIONAL CHAOS

                                  GREYFACE
 
        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 GREYFACE.
 

        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.
 
 

 
                               PROCLAMATION!

                              EMPEROR  NORTON

                    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
                               best restaurants.

                   Although a madman, he had all
                         his state proclamations
                                    published in
                       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.

        BE YE NOT LOST AMONG PRECEPTS OF ORDER...
        The Book of Uterus 1:5

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