Discordianism

Discordianism

Sources have stated that Discordianism in general is a difficult belief to describe because there is no actual dogma, or system of belief, other than a few statements about how humanity suffers from being entirely too serious about everything, and should basically lighten up. Despite all the speculation about how, Discordianism could be technically described as being a neo-pagan religion, with points to make, followers to recruit, and the whole shabang, the entire point is missed in all these pedantic dissection of the Discordian faith. Taking Discordianism seriously, if there were actually any Discordian commandments, would be breaking them.

Discordianism was found in the 1950’s by Malaclypse the Younger, aka Mal-2, and co-founded by his best friend from childhood, Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst. Or, you could say, that two guys, Gregory Hill, and Kerry Wendell Thornley, got together and wrote the Principia Discordia. But how much fun would that be? The Principia Discordia is the primary religious text for Discordianism, and doesn’t exactly describe the religion so much as confuse the reader continuously by making several absurd suggestions, numerous claims that border on stark insanity, and by the time you’ve finished reading it, you’ll feel like you’ve just been standing in front of a burning cannabis field for three hours.

That’s not to say there are no spiritual benefits from becoming a Discordian. The main concept of the religion is to embrace that chaos is just as significant to life in the Universe, as order is, if not more so. To really stretch it, would be to say, there isn’t any order, really, just chaos that occasionally falls into a pattern. When the Principia Discordia was first produced, many people, most of the hippie and trippie variety, speculated that it was actually produced by Tim Leary, or Robert Anton Williams. Despite Williams’ enthusiasm and frequent quoting on the Principia Discordia, he was actually a minister of “The Church of the Subgenius”, which many believed to be an offshoot of the Discordian belief, but claimed independence.