How the “Principia Discordia” Restructured Chaos

The cover art for the current version of the "Principia Discordia" where Malaclypse the Younger is pictured holding up the Discordian V symbol.

Out of the deepest depths of the WW1 trenches that were filled with pain, suffering, and disease emerged technological advances that laid the groundwork for the information age we live in today. The ancient Greeks tell of how Eris, the God of chaos and confusion, put a golden apple with the inscription “To the prettiest one” in a banquet hall of goddesses she had a feud with. The argument that ensued over the apple would cause the war of Troy, which the Greeks claimed to be the first war in history. The Greeks even recognized that out of chaos, comes strife, which then leads to innovation. The materialist historians argue that times of war lead to periods of economic success because of the many advances gained from trying to one-up the enemy technologically, or that even limited success in war results in financial gain. Many others suggest that the forces of chaos are the same forces of creation, which was embodied by a religious doctrine that arose during one of those periods in history defined by chaos, the 1960s.

Malaclypse The Younger was the alter-ego of the author Greg Hill, through which a book called the “Principia Discordia” was published in 1965. The “Principia Discordia” completely reframed the traditionally accepted idea of chaos as a destructive force through a religion called the Discordian society, that was created by the author. Though the “Principia Discordia’ is filled with nonsensical humor, the underlying principles reveal an advanced breakdown of the true nature of chaos energy.

The “Principia Discordia” lies the groundwork for their breakdown of chaos with the assertion that there is no real difference between forces of order and disorder, all distinctions between the two are made up by the human brain and chaos is the only underlying force; the human brain operates by forming grids of relativity through which they view the outside world and compare one thing to another. The extreme differences between different environments and cultures cause the people within those systems to form completely different relativity grids from those in other systems, leaving humanity constantly perplexed as to why two people of two different cultures can see reality so differently. The “Principia Discordia” then establishes that there are two types of lenses through which humans view chaos, the Aneristic Principle (things with order) and the Eristic Principle (things that are disordered); Humans can be biased towards either principle, but the one who truly understands knows there’s no difference.

Illustration on page 54 of the “Principia Discordia”

To better understand the biases towards either the Aneristic or Eristic Principles, the “Principia Discordia” explains how both sides would describe the above diagram. Those biased towards the Aneristic illusion recognize the stones as being a shape through their hexagonal alignment, they see an order to things. Those biased by the Eristic illusion would disagree and say the formation of the stones have no meaning. The “Principia Discordia” says that an illuminated mind perceives both realities without insisting on the validity of one over the other. Chaos isn’t a force to be associated with evil and destruction because that’s only one end of the polarity; Chaos acts as fundamental energy through which all things arise, both order and disorder.




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