5th edition introduction
Fifth edition introduction courtesy of:
IllumiNet Press, P.O. Box 2808, Lilburn, GA 30226
by Kerry Thornley,
Discordian Society Co-founder
If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized
religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe.
Most disorganized of all religions, Discordianism alone understands
that organization is the work of the Devil. Holy Chaos is the Natural
Condition of Reality, contrary to popular belief. Theologian cite Order in
the Universe as proof of a Supreme Intellegence, but a glance is enough to
see that the stars are not actually in neat little rows. (Oh, sure, there
is the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper - but if they were really connect-
the-dot drawings there would be numbers next to the stars.) Theology is just a debate over who to frame for creating reality.
What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form
Every few thousand years some shepard inhales smoke from a burning
bush and has a vision or eats moldy rye bread in a cave and sees God. From
then on their followers kill one another at the slightest provocation.
Haunted houses called temples are built by one side and torn down by another
- and then bloody quarrels continue over the crumbling foundations.
Organized religion preaches Order and Love but spawns Chaos and
Because the whole Material Universe is exclusive property of the
Greco-Roman Goddess of Chaos, Confusion, Strife, Helter-Skelter and Hodge-
Podge. No Spiritual power is even strong enough to dent Her chariot fenders.
No material force can resist the temptation of Her Fifth Intergalactic Bank
of the Acropolis Slush Fund for Graft and Corruption.
All this was revealed to me in an absolutely unforgettable
miraculous event in 1958 or 1959 in a bowling alley in Friendly Hills or
maybe Santa Fe Springs, California, witnessed by either Gregory Hill or
Malaclypse the Younger or perhaps Mad Malik or Reverend Doctor Occupant or
some guy who must have vaguely resembled one or another of them.