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The following is from the
Principia Discordia
or How I Found Goddess and What I Did to Her When I Found Her

by Malaclypse the Younger with Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst

(some people say these guys are Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley, but
don't believe them)


The Principia Discordia is copyright no one, and may be freely copied

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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 Eristic 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 that 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 that is the level of concept.

We look at 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 (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 original Rorschach.

Verily! So much for all that.



The words of the Foolish and those of the Wise
Are not far apart in Discordian Eyes.
(HBT; The Book of Advice, 2:1)
This is number 235 from the
Discordian Hymnal (as found in
the Steve Jackson Games
version of  
Principia Discordia,
but without the music)

Infinity bottles of beer on the wall,
Infinity bottles of beer,
Take one down,
Pass it around,
Infinity bottles of beer on the wall.

Repeat until dead
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