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Principia Discordia ● Or ● How I Found Goddess and What I Did to Her When I Found Her: The Magnum Opiate of Malaclypse the Younger
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ERIS DISCORDIA, WHEN I SEE YOU AT SUMMERSLAM YOU'RE GONNA TAKE A BITE FROM THE APPLE OF COMBAT, BROTHER! WHAT DOES IT TASTE LIKE? IT IS A FLAVOR OF SORROW, DEEPER THAN THE CHASMS OF THE ELDER BEASTS! YOUR PHILOSOPHY IS AN EMPTY SKULL THAT I SHALL TRANSFORM INTO MY CHALICE, ERIS DISCORDIA! YOUR BEADED CURTAIN FOLLOWERS SHALL TREMBLE AT THE MIGHT OF THE WARRIORS! ORDER? DISORDER? THERE IS ONLY THE ENDLESS BATTLE FROM WHICH RESPITE IS NEVER GIVEN! IN ONE MUSCLE OF MY BODY THERE IS A THOUSAND TROJAN...more
When I was five I won a toy car at a carnival. The car had the number 23 painted on the side. The numbers of my birth year add up to twenty. I was born in the fifth month of the year. It's 5:13 as I'm typing this. Coincidence? No, my fine friend, I think not.
-The introduction alone will have you a devout follower of Eris.
-REMEMBER: King Kong died for our sins.
- ~~ OLD POEE SLOGAN ~~
When in Doubt, Fuck it.
When not in Doubt... get in Doubt!
A telegram sent to God:
This is to inform you that your current position as deity is herewith terminated due to gross incompetence STOP Your check will be mailed STOP Please do not use me for a reference
Malaclypse the Younge ...more
I believe that Discordianism was a transitional stage between th ...more
'A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing What he Reads'
- The Five Commandments (The PENTABARF)
Read that quote a few times. Then read the book. You might understand what it's about.
There will be some people who take this book to be their holy book and will memorize paragraphs and quotes, take detailed notes, and bury $3000 in their backyards. They are big fucking idiots and missed the whole point of the book.
Others will read it and see it as a confusing joke book and completely dismiss it. ...more
And yet there's a nucleus of Awesome here in the notion of Eris as the central deity, and that the cosmos is chaos worked over by contrary erisian and anerisian principles and forces. The philosophic core is difficult to dispute:
We look at the wor...more
"Even false things?"
"Even false things are true?"
"How can that be?"
"I don't know man, I didn't do it."
This excerpt from a supposed interview with Malacylpse the Younger" (aka Gregory Hill), the co-author of this wonderful book, expresses the ideas presented in the Principia Discordia better than any review could.
What is the Principia and why has a game company published it? In the early seventies, conspiracy buff Kerry Wendell Thornley (who served in the Marine Corps w ...more
My most darling love muffin read this book and loved it and immediately gave it to me to read... and much like the other books she's passed on to me to read, I unfortunately wasn't digging it. However, unlike the previous books she's lent me *cough Waterdeep cough* this one wasn't bad... the reason I couldn't get into it was because half the time I had no idea what the h I was even reading. It just all seemed too disconnected (which, I KNOW is the point) and I couldn't really ...more
It might have hit a stronger chord in the 60's, before the idea of creating a new religion to shine light on the perversities of organized religion and human culture more broadly became relatively commonplace. I expect it *was* a shiny new notion back then, and I bet this book *did* ripple in the imaginations of the disenfranchised youth of the time. But to me, now, it read like t ...more
"religion" of which this book forms the Bible, and even run-on sentences are not eschewed; nay, they are another way of expressing the inherent Disorder (Praise Eris, Goddess of Disorder!) in the Universe.
Every "ha-ha, only serious" ...more
I didn’t realize my life could be summed up in a sentence but that’s pretty damn close.
When I become a film director, I’m going to audition actors by asking them to recite passages from this book in an English accent.
Principia is almost uniformly hilarious. I’ve dissected its humor and found 3 things:
1. Clever wordplay
2. Absurdist ideas
3. Genius associations
Malaclypse would classify my classification efforts as aneristic, of course.
Why th ...more
Then over a horizon of green trees, I found a town. At the hostel I met a zen priest draped in orange robes. He was hunched over, letting a kitten lick his pineal gland. When I asked him his name, he turned to me.
"Why is there suffering in this world, why does entropy degrade these ...more
Now I am both a Prophet of Bob and an Episkopos of Eris. Discordia does not allow prophets because ...more
The last sentence should prove why I'm an idiot.
Woven within a number of slaps and derision at modern culture is a remarkably thorough philosophical base and a great (and definitely different) take on how the universe works. Placing another axis on 'morality' a ...more
There's a thin line running here between genius and insanity, and he gets dangerously close to falling over both sides at the same time. Don't ask me to be more specific about what I'm talking about with this book. You'd be wasting your time.
Yeah, it's that random. That Deliberately random ...more
Actually, the book reviews itself much better than I ever could:
"When magicians learn to approach philosophy as a malleable art instead of an immutable Truth, and learn to appreciate the absurdity of man's endeavors, then they will be able to persue their art with a lighter heart, and perhaps gain a clearer understanding of it, and t ...more
Gregory Hill, also known by the pen name 'Malaclypse the Younger' (Mal-2), was one of the two writers of the Principia Discordia, along with Kerry Wendell Thornley (aka Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst). He was also adapted as a character in The Illuminatus! Trilogy. During the early years of circulation of the Principia Discordia, rumors claimed that the au ...more