A Discordian going by the name "Baron Von Hoopla" made a comment on my last blog this morning, here it is. reprinted in the harsh sunlight:
"I would just like to mention that according to the First Edition of the Principia Discordia you perfectly embody the ideals of the 'Order Of Eris', and are hereby granted a position in Ichabod College . . . welcome to the Discordian Society, CS."
It amused me to no end, knowing very well the old adage: 'If you can't beat them, join them' - I suppose it also works in the reverse [if you can't beat them, recruit them], BUT but, something about this comment thrilled me even more.
Up until then I hadn't been aware that there were several versions of the Discordian Satanic Bible "The Principia Discordia", but when the Baron mentioned the First Edition I decided to take a look at it, and stumbled across something which almost made me choke from glee. On page A11 one of the creators of Discordianism ["LORD OMAR KHAYYAM RAVENHURST"] interjects this statement, which spells out the entire original concept of the Discordian Society:
"The purpose of The Discordian Society is to provide false, comforting answers to questions of this sort; to give mystical reasons for the disorder around us; to promote unworkable principles of discord--in short, to provide the world with a workshop for the insane, thus keeping them out of mischief as Presidents, Ambassador[s], Priests, Ministers, and other Dictators."
So, there it is, in plain English: it was originally a complete scam, intended to keep losers and weirdos occupied. Actually, a rather valiant attempt, but sadly it has been taken seriously and twisted over the intervening decades into something quite sinister.
So, modern Discordians: Checkmate.
no, i am NOT a discordian in disguise: this forum is an ignored warning to the world: some day, though it is not my wish, i will be forced to say I TOLD YOU SO!