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Discordian ramblings--

A few interesting, to me at least, notes I've seen on the Discordia front.

I've gotten rather in to "Aneris" as a personal goddess. The term "aneristic" describes something ordered and structured, whereas "eristic" describes something chaotic and free-spirited. Neither is really "better" than the other, in fact order and disorder are essentially the same thing (each one begets the other).

The most important valence in Discordianism is creation/destruction. Order and Disorder can both be turned to creative purposes or destructive purposes, and destruction is "a bad trip."

After noting that while 500-into-infinity people list Eris as an interest, I added "Aneris" to my interest list, as well, Eris's rather lonely sister. Only one other person lists her. Sad, sad.

In "Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religion," Discordians get two off-hand mentions. One, they get an off-hand joke saying "the pagans helped the Discordians hide the firewood from the ritual," as a way of saying "Pagans aren't bad, they're not Satanists." Later on, more significantly, the author describes Discordianism as a left-hand Pagan path, focusing on dissent and chaos. This seems--well, Aneristic in the destructive sense, an academic defining something he doesn't know about.

Is a follower of Aneris following a left-of-left-hand-path?

the_october tells me I should remember that everything in the Principia is prefaced by "do you believe that?" but that's a lot less fun than trying to grep out some sort of meaning.

Ah, well, back to sleep.


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Aug. 7th, 2004 04:03 pm (UTC)
Pope Spotty of Logic,

Four men sat on a chair, It broke. They all said the fat guy did it. They were right. All five left and got some cold o.j.

Also, a wise Zen master once spoke: "Wait, did I forget my laundry?"

Mostly in answer to your biggest quesiton, I say as thus- "In regards to paths following hands, chop off one at leisure, and the answer becomes quite clear",

-Holy Cow and Wholly Chao

-VermyFox, self appointed Pope of Unseen Carpet Samples
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that is a most insightful bit of nonsense :) The other bit of mild irritation I've had is that the principia contradicts itself (zouds! Say not!) by declaring Aneris the goddess of distruction. I'm ultimately making bitter tea, though, and need not fret about one man's interpretation of Discordianism, even if he wrote the book ;) I just like fretting.

Thanks again for the nonsense!
Spotty Logic, Hemlock Society
Aug. 8th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)
On the contradictions, do not forget your fifth and most important commandment given per the Principia

V - A Discordian is Prohibited of Believing what he reads.

Aug. 8th, 2004 05:45 am (UTC)
I haven't forgotten that, but like the Gospel According to Kevin Smith, we do not have deep-seated religious beliefs (dogma), but ideas that are fun to chew on (catma). I'll be chewing on this for a while :)
Aug. 7th, 2004 04:43 pm (UTC)
See, this is why I'm glad I'm an athiest. Cause for me, "I don't know" is a perfectly acceptable answer to philosophical questions of this type.
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:38 pm (UTC)
Is that HST in your icon?
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
I hope one day I can write as vividly as HST and I consider him one of the greatest of the "New Journalists." But alas, my path is drug free. In other words, yes.
Aug. 7th, 2004 09:16 pm (UTC)
Well, if you're avoiding the pharmaceuticals, a touch of schizophrenia would do the trick ;)
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
But it's too EASY!!!
Aug. 7th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
Speaking of which, have you checked out my LJ recently? I posted some stuff I think you'll find interesting.
Aug. 8th, 2004 05:50 am (UTC)
I like the quotes, but the political material--unless I actually see documented evidence that Kerry engages in nonconsensual sex with underage puppies *and* is planning a constitutional mandate against chocolate, I'm still voting for him. I'm really not a political animal, sorry :( That's why I usually get kind of glassy-eyed during the more political arguments.
Aug. 7th, 2004 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Aug. 8th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
hey! No need to get personal!

Mine's bigger.
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