Religion

Yeah, they say don’t talk about politics and religion.

Get over it. We’re exposed to it in the press and TV and Radio every day, we see the results in war and in peace, and despite our penchant for reflecting upon the negative, religion is, I would assert, a force for good as much as it is a force for, dare I say it wickedness. Upon this reflection I would say that the wickedness is perpetrated when groups, and this is important, perpetrate their belief system as better or superior, or the only way. The goodness is from the belief of individuals in something greater than themselves, I can certainly see the calmness and stability in the individuals who believe; in other words, faith is good. It’s good for people.

Bearing this in mind, what I’m about to say is not a reflection of the superiority of my belief system, because really it isn’t superior. It is something I subscribe to, and I don’t need anyone else to do so. I share this, only because; it amuses me, I get comfort from it and it provides a new philosophical imperative that I think is worth sharing.

I’m a Discordian. In brief, generally Discordians embrace the idea that conflict is an inevitable part of the human condition.  People try to impose order on the universe, and fight the chaos, where chaos is an inevitable part of the universal experience of life.  Any mathematician knows this.  Donald Rumsfeld, (I’m NOT a fan, but wisdom is wisdom from whatever source), once said that there are known knowns, unknown knowns, known unkowns and unknown unkowns.  This is sage.

Let me explain this.

We (humans), know things, have knowledge, the domain of which can be well defined.  These are known knowns.  Knowledge requires context, more precisely, facts require context.  We also know things which do not have a context.  These are commonly facts in isolation, that require contextualisation.  This is hard to think about, but these are the “unkown” knowns.  Mathematicians know that knowledge comes in islands, some of which cannot be joined, at least, with our present level of understanding, and sometimes not ever.  (See Godel).

There are then, consequently, known unknowns.  These are things that we know that we cannot know.  (Is Riemann true?  Can we even know if it is true?)

Lastly, there are things that we do not know.  We don’t know them, because we have either not discovered them, or we cannot know them.

These are the four quadrants of knowledge, (this is nothing to do with   Discordianism), the  point is that chaos, we we began a while ago is inherent.  People of good intent can disagree or have different goals or paths, and this is the human face of chaos.  We don’t have to be wicked to disagree, we just have to be human.

Given this, the story of Eris, she who threw the apple engraved “To the most beautiful”, is profound.  All you have to do to realise this is remember that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

Discord is inherent.  Discordianism embraces this idea.

Discordianism is also, as far as I am able to determine, the most honest, (that’s not a stab at other religions), and the most traceable of religions, as well as the least demanding, and the most individualistic.  I doubt that you will find two Discordians who follow the Discordian “way” in the same fashion, even remotely.  I’m pretty serious about it for example, and nearly everyone else who follows it, that I have met or read about, is not.  That’s nice, because the “holy” book is 99% BS.  Maladict the Younger, who wrote most of it in 1956, was I’m sure certifiably something.  Insane?  I’m not sure.  The book, if you’re interested is the Principia Discordia.  I suppose that it’s about now that I should say our word.  Fnord.

Why do I follow this crazy religion?

There are two principal reasons, I have never found another that satisfies my spiritual impulses.  I like to annoy people by being reasonable about what it is difficult to be reasonable about.

OH, and it reminds me that religion is part of the human condition.

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