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==Organization==
 
==Organization==
 
<blockquote>If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe."
 
<blockquote>If organized religion is the opium of the masses, then disorganized religion is the marijuana of the lunatic fringe."
 
   
 
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--Kerry Thornley, introduction to the ''[[Principia Discordia]]'' 5th Ed.
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--Kerry Thornley, introduction to the ''[[Principia Discordia]]'' 5th Ed.</blockquote>
</blockquote>
 
   
 
The very idea of a Discordian organization is something of a [[paradox]]. Nevertheless, some structure is indicated in ''Principia Discordia''. The most general group, presumably including all Discordians (and potentially others), is the [[Discordian Society]], whose definition is “The Discordian Society has no definition”.<ref>Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00032</ref> Within the society are [[cabal|sects]], of Discordianism, each under the direction of an “Episkopos” (''overseer'' in Greek, source of English bishop and episcopal).
 
The very idea of a Discordian organization is something of a [[paradox]]. Nevertheless, some structure is indicated in ''Principia Discordia''. The most general group, presumably including all Discordians (and potentially others), is the [[Discordian Society]], whose definition is “The Discordian Society has no definition”.<ref>Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00032</ref> Within the society are [[cabal|sects]], of Discordianism, each under the direction of an “Episkopos” (''overseer'' in Greek, source of English bishop and episcopal).
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Discordians who do not form their own sects, whether they belong to someone else's sect or not, make up the [[Legion of Dynamic Discord]], and may be referred to as Legionnaires. Would-be Discordians are told in the ''[[Principia Discordia]]'':
 
Discordians who do not form their own sects, whether they belong to someone else's sect or not, make up the [[Legion of Dynamic Discord]], and may be referred to as Legionnaires. Would-be Discordians are told in the ''[[Principia Discordia]]'':
   
<blockquote>If you want in on the Discordian Society<br /> 
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<blockquote>If you want in on the Discordian Society<br />
then declare yourself what you wish<br /> 
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then declare yourself what you wish<br />
do what you like<br /> 
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do what you like<br />
and tell us about it<br /> 
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and tell us about it<br />
or<br /> 
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or<br />
if you prefer<br /> 
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if you prefer<br />
don't.<br /> 
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don't.<br />
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There are no rules anywhere.<br />
There are no rules anywhere.<br /> 
 
 
The Goddess Prevails.
 
The Goddess Prevails.
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00032</blockquote>
 
--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00032</blockquote>
   
===POEE===
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===POE===
 
The sect of Discordianism founded by [[Malaclypse the Younger]] and [[Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst]] is known as the ''Paratheo-Anametamystikhood Of Eris Esoteric'' ([[POEE]]), a Non-prophet Irreligious Disorganisation. ''Principia Discordia'' tells us much about POEE in particular, as well as Discordianism in general.
 
The sect of Discordianism founded by [[Malaclypse the Younger]] and [[Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst]] is known as the ''Paratheo-Anametamystikhood Of Eris Esoteric'' ([[POEE]]), a Non-prophet Irreligious Disorganisation. ''Principia Discordia'' tells us much about POEE in particular, as well as Discordianism in general.
   
 
For example, the ''Principia'' contains some details about the structure of POEE. In particular:
 
For example, the ''Principia'' contains some details about the structure of POEE. In particular:
   
<blockquote>POEE has 5 DEGREES:<br /> 
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<blockquote>POEE has 5 DEGREES:<br />
There is the neophyte, or LEGIONNAIRE DISCIPLE.<br /> 
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There is the neophyte, or LEGIONNAIRE DISCIPLE.<br />
The LEGIONNAIRE DEACON, who is catching on.<br /> 
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The LEGIONNAIRE DEACON, who is catching on.<br />
An Ordained POEE PRIEST/PRIESTESS or a CHAPLAIN.<br /> 
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An Ordained POEE PRIEST/PRIESTESS or a CHAPLAIN.<br />
The HIGH PRIEST, the Polyfather.<br /> 
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The HIGH PRIEST, the Polyfather.<br />
And POEE POPE.<br /> 
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And POEE POPE.<br />
 
   
 
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POEE LEGIONNAIRE DESCIPLES are authorized to initiate others as Discordian Society Legionnaires. PRIESTS appoint their own DEACONS. The POLYFATHER ordains Priests. I don't know about the POPES.
 
POEE LEGIONNAIRE DESCIPLES are authorized to initiate others as Discordian Society Legionnaires. PRIESTS appoint their own DEACONS. The POLYFATHER ordains Priests. I don't know about the POPES.
 
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00022
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00022</blockquote>
</blockquote>
 
   
 
According to the ''Principia Discordia'', POEE is “a tribe of philosophers, theologians, magicians, scientists, artists, clowns, and similar maniacs who are intrigued by Eris goddess of confusion and her doings.” Furthermore it states that “POEE subscribes to the Law Of Fives of Omar's sect” and “POEE also recognizes the Holy 23.”
 
According to the ''Principia Discordia'', POEE is “a tribe of philosophers, theologians, magicians, scientists, artists, clowns, and similar maniacs who are intrigued by Eris goddess of confusion and her doings.” Furthermore it states that “POEE subscribes to the Law Of Fives of Omar's sect” and “POEE also recognizes the Holy 23.”
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===Episkopos===
 
===Episkopos===
 
<blockquote>Some Episkoposes have a one-man [[cabal]]. Some work together. Some never do explain.
 
<blockquote>Some Episkoposes have a one-man [[cabal]]. Some work together. Some never do explain.
 
   
 
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--Malaclypse the Younger,''Principia Discordia'', Page 00032
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--Malaclypse the Younger,''Principia Discordia'', Page 00032</blockquote>
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Episkoposes are the Overseers of sects of Discordianism, who have presumably created their own sect of Discordianism. They speak to Eris through the use of their [[pineal gland]]. It is said in the ''Principia Discordia'' that Eris says different things to each listener. She may even say radically different things to each Episkopos but, all of what she says is equally her word (even if it contradicts another iteration of her word).
 
Episkoposes are the Overseers of sects of Discordianism, who have presumably created their own sect of Discordianism. They speak to Eris through the use of their [[pineal gland]]. It is said in the ''Principia Discordia'' that Eris says different things to each listener. She may even say radically different things to each Episkopos but, all of what she says is equally her word (even if it contradicts another iteration of her word).
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<blockquote>The rights of a Pope include but are not necessarily limited to:
 
<blockquote>The rights of a Pope include but are not necessarily limited to:
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#To invoke infallibility at any time, including retroactively.
 
#To invoke infallibility at any time, including retroactively.
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#To baptise, bury, and marry (with the permission of the deceased in the latter two cases).
 
#To baptise, bury, and marry (with the permission of the deceased in the latter two cases).
 
#To excommunicate, de-ex-communicate, re-ex-communicate, and de-re-ex-communicate (no backsies!) both his-/her-/it-/them-/your-/our-/His-/Her-/It-/Them-/Your-/Our-self/selves and others (if any).
 
#To excommunicate, de-ex-communicate, re-ex-communicate, and de-re-ex-communicate (no backsies!) both his-/her-/it-/them-/your-/our-/His-/Her-/It-/Them-/Your-/Our-self/selves and others (if any).
#To perform all [[rite]]s and functions deemed inappropriate for a Pope of Discordia.
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#To perform all [[rite]]s and functions deemed inappropriate for a Pope of Discordia.</blockquote>
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The third right (requiring permission from the deceased in cases of burying or marriage, but not baptism) may be a reference to [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]] practice of baptism for the dead, or it may just be a witty conflation of marriage and death.
 
The third right (requiring permission from the deceased in cases of burying or marriage, but not baptism) may be a reference to [[The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]] practice of baptism for the dead, or it may just be a witty conflation of marriage and death.
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<blockquote>''Here follows some psycho-metaphysics.''
 
<blockquote>''Here follows some psycho-metaphysics.''
 
If you are not hot for philosophy, best just to skip it.
 
If you are not hot for philosophy, best just to skip it.
 
   
 
The Aneristic Principle is that of ''apparent order''; the Eristic Principle is that of ''apparent disorder''. Both order and disorder are man made concepts and are artificial divisions of ''pure chaos'', which is a level deeper than is the level of distinction making.
 
The Aneristic Principle is that of ''apparent order''; the Eristic Principle is that of ''apparent disorder''. Both order and disorder are man made concepts and are artificial divisions of ''pure chaos'', which is a level deeper than is the level of distinction making.
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Pages 00049–00050
 
--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Pages 00049–00050
 
 
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The Law of Fives is summarized in the ''Principia Discordia'':
 
The Law of Fives is summarized in the ''Principia Discordia'':
   
<blockquote>The Law of Fives states simply that: ''All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5.''<br /> 
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<blockquote>The Law of Fives states simply that: ''All things happen in fives, or are divisible by or are multiples of five, or are somehow directly or indirectly appropriate to 5.''<br />
 
The Law of Fives is never wrong.
 
The Law of Fives is never wrong.
   
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00016</blockquote>
--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00016
 
</blockquote>
 
   
 
[[Image:Apple of Discord.png|right]]
 
[[Image:Apple of Discord.png|right]]
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<blockquote>Mankind has […] been suffering from a psychological and spiritual imbalance. Imbalance causes frustration, and frustration causes fear. And fear makes for a bad trip. Man has been on a bad trip for a long time now.
 
<blockquote>Mankind has […] been suffering from a psychological and spiritual imbalance. Imbalance causes frustration, and frustration causes fear. And fear makes for a bad trip. Man has been on a bad trip for a long time now.
 
   
 
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00042
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--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', Page 00042</blockquote>
</blockquote>
 
   
<blockquote>The human race will begin solving it's [sic] problems on the day that it ceases taking itself so seriously.<br /> 
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<blockquote>The human race will begin solving it's [sic] problems on the day that it ceases taking itself so seriously.<br />
 
--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', page 00074</blockquote>
 
--Malaclypse the Younger, ''Principia Discordia'', page 00074</blockquote>
   
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== References ==
 
== References ==
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{{reflist}}
 
{{reflist}}
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{{wikipedia}}
 
{{wikipedia}}
 
[[Category:Philosophy]]
 
[[Category:Philosophy]]
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