The Discordianism that can be explained is not the true Discordianism.''
Some say it is a joke cleverly disguised as a religion. Others say it is a religion cleverly disguised as a joke. Most agree that it is something special, though what precisely they mean by "special" is open to debate. Discordianism, ostensibly, is the worship of [[Chaos]], personified by the Greek Goddess [[Eris]] (or [[Discordia]], if you're feeling Roman.) As alluded to above, depending on who you ask, it is either a religion, a philosophy, a way of life, or the greatest in-joke ever perpetrated (or all at once.)
==Truth (by way of disclaimer)==
Discordians are forbidden from believing anything they read.<sup>2</sup> Including this.
Documenting anything in relation to Discordianism is exceedingly difficult. One reason is the somewhat lax approach to truth described above. Another is that many (most? ''all??'') Discordians participate in actively spreading misinformation. Some do so as a religious observance, others out of a sense of self-preservation. Many just do so because they find it fun. Some allude to a deeper conspiratorial motive behind all this misinformation, but others claim that these conspiracy theories are themselves examples of misinformation.
Another reason for the difficulty is that every Discordian is, per Discordianism, considered a Pope, and is therefore empowered to make changes to Discordianism as a whole. This results in mass chaos (which was almost certainly the point.) The upshot is that any two Discordians may tell you completely contradictory things about Discordianism - and both be right.
Other rumors include:
*The [http://www.ology.org/principia/ Principia Discordia], the chief holy book of Discordianism, was in fact written by Gregory Hill, a noted time traveler.<sup>3</sup>
*It has been claimed that the Principia Discordia was actually written in 1812, despite the fact that it was not published until the late
1960's.<sup>4</sup> This may lend credence to the above time-travelling rumor. (It should be noted that the trustworthiness of the source for this rumor is extremely suspect. However, to a Discordian's way of thinking, this makes it the ideal place to hide true information.)
Discordianism explains the metaphysical reality as a morass of chaos overlaid with varying reality grids, consisting of the illusions of order and disorder. Learning to change grids is the first step towards discarding them altogether and achieving [[Illuminati
According to Discordians, to believe that order (the Aneristic
Principle) is inherently better than disorder (the Eristic Principle) is the ''Aneristic Illusion''. The opposite belief is the ''Eristic Illusion.'' The mingling of the Aneristic and Eristic principles is illustrated in the Hodge Podge, or [http://discordiansociety.org/ Sacred Chao] (a ''chao'' being defined as a single unit of chaos.)<sup>7</sup>
''To choose order over disorder, or disorder over order, is to accept a trip composed of both the creative and the destructive. But to choose the creative over the destructive is an all-creative trip composed of both order and disorder. To accomplish this, one need only accept creative disorder along with, and equal to, creative order, and also willing to reject destructive order as an undesirable equal to destructive disorder.''<sup>8</sup>
aracnet.com /~kbuxton/discordia/discordianquotes.html Discordian Quotes] are 40+ page collection of quotations - some funny, some thought-provoking, some simply random. Some are obviously connected to Discordianism; others function more like a [[Zen]] [[koan]]. None of the quotes are attributed; tracking down the sources of the more obscure quotes is a popular pasttime amongst Discordians. ( hint: try [[Mystery Science Theater 3000]], [[Calvin and Hobbes]], and [[Moby Dick]], for starters.) Others maintain that if you read the entire list from beginning to end without going insane, you will achieve enlightenment.
===[[Fnord]]===[http:// www. aracnet.com/ ~kbuxton/ discordia/fnord.html You're not cleared for this.]
Ironically, Discordian groups, or [[Cabals]], tend to be extremely [[hierarchical]], with members having elaborate titles and degrees, similar to the [[Masons]] or the [[Catholic]] Church. Typical
] titles include things like "The Omnibenevolent Polyfather of Virginity in Gold", "Archbeacon of the Blind", or "Keeper of the Notary Sojak". The commonest rank among Discordians is [[Pope]].
Do You Believe That?
Discordianism is about as anti-establishment as they come. It is cheerfully disrespectful of authority, organized religion, the mainstream, and really just about everything and everyone else, including itself. It is accordingly quite popular with [[Hippies]] (and their modern-day equivalent) and other members of the [[counterculture]].
''see also:'' [[Robert Anton Wilson]], [[Illuminatus!]], [[
The Church of the Subgenius]], [[Emperor Norton]]
see also:'' http://www. aracnet.com /~kbuxton/discordia/
[http://www.principiadiscordia.com/ The Principia Discordia, or ''How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her'']