The Principia Discordia!
(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.)
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The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger
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Dedicated to the Prettiest One
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the DISCORDIAN SOCIETY
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of philosophers, theologians,
and similar maniacs
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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"
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 incidences 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
temporaly and spatially locating the rest of Mal-2.
POEE has no treasury, no by-laws, 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 recognise 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 undoubtably 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
if you prefer
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
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 at 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
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
The point is that (little-t) truth is a matter of definition relative
to the grid one is using at the moment, and that (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
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
(This has been a public service presentation dated 4-87, from the Bebe
L'Strange Cabal, which may have undergone a name change by the time you
read this. This stuff has been hanging around longer than CIS has, and
there is no copyright applicable to you, me, or CIS)