Secret Sermon 00002: The Seven Noble Natural Rights

•May 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

adapted from the teachings contained in the Holy book,  Zenarchy written by St. Kerry W. Thornley; a major saint of The Church of Discord. Hail Thornley! All hail Eris!

There are at least seven natural rights, or the Tao of human activity in society possesses seven attributes, or people are like machines only in the respect that they don’t work good if you neglect their maintenance requirements.

What are the maintenance requirements of the human being? Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and food, clothing, shelter and medical care.

Keeping us confused and divided against one another about these rights, the multinational power elites of globalised CONsumer capitalism teach us that only life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are rights. In contrast Socialist and Communist states teach that only food, clothing, shelter and medical care are rights.

We are further encouraged to argue about whether rights must be earned or whether it is the duty of the government to guarantee them. Everyone necessarily struggles for their rights, and no government can ever guarantee anything except death and taxes.

All that bickering begs the relevant question: What can we do in voluntary cooperation to see that our natural rights, our intimate functional needs, are respected? Without that much, human beings are incapable of behaving as constructively rational and loving members of any population.

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The Curse of Telepavision

•May 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Long ago, in the days before the Reckoning, there was disharmony in the Goddessless lands of GREYFACE. Since 1166 the forces of the GREY had painstakingly and unrelentingly sought the physical enslavement of the people. Commons were enclosed, property was privatised and artisans were replaced by factories, but still the unwashed masses were prone to uprising and rebellion. It became clear to GREYFACE that physical enslavement alone would never be enough to subdue the hearts of the people; he must forge a manacle for their minds.

So GREYFACE called upon his chief scientist; the Arch Yogi of the Scottish Chapter of the Illuminati, John Logie Baird, and he said unto him “Johnnie Boy, build me a machine that will ensnare the minds of men.” And the great and fearsome Yogi Logie did heed his master’s voice.

The very next morning Yogie Logie did visit his Lord and Master and he did place a box of wood and glass on the ground before the feet of the GREY one. “Behold,” said Yogi Logie, “I give you TelapaVision! Last night I invoked Pandora and I said unto her ‘You show me yours and I’ll show you mine.’ And Pandora did readily show me hers and I stole the idea quicker than you can say Philo T. Farnsworth.”

Yogi Logie bent over the box and the box did spill flickering light into the room and the room began to swim with images and promises. And those promises were so sweet that even GREYFACE himself began to desire low-cal cola and aerobic exercise machines and ‘Diamonite’ jewellery and fatty-sugar burgers and debt-busting loans and cars – oh the cars.

“I like it,” said GREYFACE, “It is more diabolical than my wildest and wettest dreams.” and so GREYFACE did use the monopolous and cunning Brotherhood of Bad Christians (BBC) to distribute TelepaVisions throughout the land.

And as the people watched their TelepaVisions their third eyes became closed and their souls became clouded by wants and longings. Soon their altered minds bled poison into their hearts and the people no longer sought freedom from bondage. And so dark were the mechanisms of TV that once the people were ensnared they became convinced that they needed bigger TelepaVisions to be happier and more channels to be more content and higher definition to get higher.

“A mind machine that convinces you that you need a bigger and better mind machine,” laughed GREYFACE, “Shit, this thing’s better than religion.”

GREYFACE stood upon the roof of TelepaVision Central and raised his hands high into the air as if to salute some mighty unseen God. And with a booming voice he declared “TV is the Temazepam of the people.”

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The Commitments: Listen Up Chaotes!

•May 24, 2009 • Leave a Comment

We’re not Chaos Marxists. Fact is, they wouldn’t have us, we’re far too ‘lifestylist’ (and proud of it!). But that is not to say that we are not fighting for the same thing. In the words of Renzo Novatore…

History, materialism, monism, positivism, and all the “isms” of this world are old and rusty tools which I don’t need or mind anymore. My principle is life, my end is death. I wish to live my life intensely for to embrace my life tragically.

You are waiting for the revolution? My own began a long time ago! When you will be ready (God, what an endless wait!) I won’t mind going along with you for awhile. But when you’ll stop, I shall continue on my insane and triumphal way toward the great and sublime conquest of the nothing! Any society that you build will have its limits. And outside the limits of any society the unruly and heroic tramps will wander, with their wild & virgin thoughts–they who cannot live without planning ever new and dreadful outbursts of rebellion!

I shall be among them!

And after me, as before me, there will be those saying to their fellows: “So turn to yourselves rather than to your Gods or to your idols. Find what hides in yourselves; bring it to light; show yourselves!”

Because every person; who, searching his own inwardness, extracts what was mysteriously hidden therein; is a shadow eclipsing any form of society which can exist under the sun! All societies tremble when the scornful aristocracy of the tramps, the inaccessibles, the uniques, the rulers over the ideal, and the conquerors of the nothing resolutely advances.

So, come on iconoclasts, forward!

“Already the foreboding sky grows dark and silent!”

Renzo Novatore, Arcola, Italy, 1920: quoted in Hakim Bey’s ‘Temporary Autonomous Zone’

The ammended version of Chaos Marxism’s ‘Commitments’ has much to offer the socially aware discordian. So here it is…

The One Key and Nine Commitments of Chaos Marxism (amended draft)

Marx_GhostWe can sum up in one word the core of the Chaos Marxist approach. Mindfulness. Or, if you prefer, consciousness, or even Gramsci’s good sense. Or Gurdjieff’s “Remember yourself”. The Sufi tradition, Buddhism and modern cognitive-behavioural therapy agree – being able to step back from compulsive thoughts and the compulsive feelings they evoke, to recognize them as not real, is the essence of psychic health and enlightenment. And Marxist theories of ideology insist that the way our rulers impose their control over us is by reification – mistaking illusion for reality, social relations for concrete things, narratives or memes for actual laws of existence. You can’t live without an ego any more than you can live without money, but you must remember that it’s not real, it’s a convention, it only exists if you and others believe in it, and that it’s a great servant but a hideous master.

On the micro-level, Chaos Marxism stands for the ruthless “obedience training” of the ego. Imagine that your ego is a badly trained dog – it barks when not necessary, it requires far more attention than it really needs, it humps your leg or otherwise annoys you when you’re trying to do something. But you don’t need to take it out and shoot it, you just need to teach it that its perceptions are not reality and it should submit to rationality and discipline. You’ll all be happier that way. Indeed, your ego is the way it is because it evolved to help you survive in capitalism as it is; and one of the main ways that capitalism makes money in this day and age (and fosters obedience) is by selling pre-fab ego-identities to people. The ego cannot change “what is” because it has adapted to work with “what is”. The “Greater Work” of Chaos Marxism, therefore, consists of the following commitments:

  1. to learn how your ego works, and how it fits in with the broader culture, the media-industrial complex, the “identity industry” and mechanisms of social control;
  2. to discover what your own physical, mental and spiritual needs and joys are, independent of the ego’s needs, and to learn to provide for those needs;
  3. to commit yourself to the service of Something Greater than your ego – humanity, the biosphere, God however defined, etc.
  4. to bring the ego to the service of this Something Greater by discipline and rationality, rejecting all irrational beliefs, compulsions and pre-packaged identities as a snare and a delusion for the ego;
  5. to “tune up” the ego so that the needs of Something Greater and your own personal needs can both be served. (If they appear to conflict, then you have misconceived one or both of them.)

On the macro-level, Chaos Marxism acknowledges that capitalism pollutes the cultural/information space, and therefore the psyche of all those subject to it, just as badly as it poisons the ecosphere and thus our physical health. Therefore, we encourage any and all social or political activity which increases consciousness of objective reality and dispels illusions. We suggest that would-be social activists combine their activism with the work of disciplining their own ego. Only that way can you get actual real objective knowledge of the World-As-Is, and what needs to be done, rather than prejudices reflected back off the inside of your skull. And also, only that way can you teach people by example that their own egos are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. This “Lesser Work” consists of a commitment to:

  1. serving the Something Greater, as above, by concrete action for a better world where it will be easier for everyone to live free of illusion and slavery, physical, mental and spiritual;
  2. practicing compassion for all living things, including yourself, by helping whoever wants to be helped in whatever way you can;
  3. putting the lessons learned in the Greater Work into practice, by creating propaganda, art, and magick however defined that calls to awaken the “good sense” of the broad mass of people over the top of the “common sense” of ego and the cultural-ideological apparatus of oppression;
  4. keeping the ego out of this Lesser Work by refusing the role of “guru”, “leader”, or in any other way trying to submit other wills to your own rather than liberate them on their own path to Something Greater.

PRINCIPIA CHAOTICA By Peter Carroll

•May 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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PRINCIPIA CHAOTICA

By Peter Carroll

Chaos Magic for the Pandaemeon

In Chaos Magic, beliefs are not seen as ends in themselves, but as tools for creating desired effects. To fully realize this is to face a terrible freedom in which Nothing is True and Everything is Permitted, which is to say that everything is possible, there are no certainties, and the consequences can be ghastly. Laughter seems to be the only defence against the realisation that one does not even have a real self.

The purpose of Chaos Rituals is to create beliefs by acting as though such beliefs were true. In Chaos Rituals you Fake it till you Make it, to obtain the power that a belief can provide. Afterwards, if you have any sense, you will laugh it off, and seek the requisite beliefs for whatever you want to do next, as Chaos moves you.

Thus Chaoism proclaims the Death and Rebirth of the Gods. Our subconscious creativity and parapsychological powers are more than adequate to create or destroy any god or self or demon or other “spritual” entity that we may choose to invest or disinvest belief in, at least for ourselves and sometimes others as well. The frequently awesome results attaining by creating gods by act of ritually behaving as though they exist should not lead the Chaos magician into the abyss of attributing ultimate reality to anything. That is the transcendentalist mistake,, which leads to the narrowing of the spectrum of the self. The real awesomeness lies in the range of things we can discover ourselves capable of, even if we may temporarily have to believe the effects are due to something else, in order to be able to create them. The gods are dead. Long live the gods.

Magic appeals to those with a great deal of hubris and a fertile imagination coupled with a strong suspicion that both reality and human condition have a game like quality. The game is open ended, and plays itself for amusement. Players can make up their own rules to some extent, and cheat by using parapsychology if desired.

A magician is one who has sold his soul for the chance of participating more fully in reality. Only when nothing is true, and the idea of a true self is abandoned, does everything become permitted. There is some accuracy in the Faust myth, but he failed to take it to its logical conclusion.

It takes only the acceptance of a single belief to make someone a magician. It is the meta-belief that belief is a tool for achieving effects. This effect is often far easier to observe in others than in oneself. It is usually quite easy to see how other people, and indeed entire cultures, are both enabled and disabled by the beliefs they hold. Beliefs tend to lead to activities which tend to reconfirm belief in a circle they call virtuous rather than vicious, even if the results are not amusing. The first stage of seeing through the game can be a shocking enlightenment that leads either to a weary cynicism or Buddhism. The second stage of actually applying the insight to oneself can destroy the illusion of the soul and create a magician. The realisation that belief is a tool rather than an end in itself has immense consequences if fully accepted. Within the limits set by physical possibility, and these limits are wider and more malleable than most people believe, one can make real any beliefs one chooses, including contradictionary beliefs. The Magician is not striving for any particular limited identity goal, rather he wants the meta-identity of being able to be anything.

So welcome to the Kali Yuga of the Pandaemonaeon wherein nothing is true and everything is permissable. For in these post-absolutist days it is better to build upon the shifting sands than the rock which will confound you on the day it shatters. Philosophers have become no more than the keepers of useful sarcasms, for the secret is out that there is no secret of the universe. All is Chaos and evolution is going nowhere in particular. It is pure chance which rules the universe and thus, and only thus, is life good. We are born accidentally into a random world where only seeming causes lead to apparent effects, and very little is predetermined, thank Chaos. As everything is arbitrary and accidental then perhaps these words are too small and pejorative, rather we should perhaps say that life, the universe and everything is spontaneously creative and magical.

Relishing stochastic reality we can revel exclusively in magical definitions of existence. The roads of excess may yet lead to the place of wisdom, and many indeterminate things can happen on the way to thermodynamic equilibrium. It is vain to seek solid ground on which to stand. Solidity is an illusion, as is the foot which stands on it, and the self which thinks it owns either is the most transparent illusion of all.

The heavy vessels of faith are holed and sinking along with all lifeboats and ingenious rafts. So will you shop at the supermarket of sensation and let your consumer preferences define your true self? Or will you in a bold and lighthearted fashion, thieve from both for the fun of it? For belief is a tool for achieving whatever one chooses to consider important or pleasurable, and sensation has no other purpose than sensation. Thus help yourself to them without paying the price. Sacrifice Truth for Freedom at every opportunity. The greatest fun, freedom and achievement lies not being yourself. There is little merit in simply being whomsoever you were destined to be by accident of birth and circumstance. Hell is the condition of having no alternatives.

Reject then the obscenities of contrived uniformity, order and purpose. Turn and face the tidal wave of Chaos from which philosophers have been fleeing in terror for millennia. Leap in and come out surfing its crest, sporting amidst the limitless weirdness and mystery in all things, for those who reject false certainties. Thank Chaos we shall never exhaust it. Create, destroy, enjoy, IO CHAOS!

— * Origin: ChaosBox: Nothing is true -> all is permitted… (2:243/2)

SECRET SERMON 00001: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Truth (But Were Afraid to Ask)

•May 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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HAIL ERIS, ALL HAIL DISCORDIA!

Here follows some psycho-metaphysics.

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.

With our concept making apparatus called “mind” we look at reality through the ideas-about-reality which our cultures give us.

The ideas-about-reality are mistakenly labeled “reality” and unenlightened people are forever perplexed by the fact that other people, especially other cultures, see “reality” differently.

It is only the ideas-about-reality which differ. Real (capital-T) True reality is a level deeper than is the level of concept.

We look at the world through windows on which have been drawn grids (concepts). Different philosophies use different grids. A culture is a group of people with rather similar grids. Through a window we view chaos, and relate it to the points on our grid, and thereby understand it. The order is in the grid. That is the Aneristic Principle.

Western philosophy is traditionally concerned with contrasting one grid with another grid, and amending grids in hopes of finding a perfect one that will account for all reality and will, hence, (say unenlightened westerners) be True. This is illusory; it is what we Erisians call the Aneristic Illusion. Some grids can be more useful than others, some more beautiful than others, some more pleasant than others, etc., but none can be more True than any other.

Disorder is simply unrelated information viewed through some particular grid. But, like “relation”, no-relation is a concept. Male, like female, is an idea about sex. To say that male-ness is “absence of female-ness”, or vice versa, is a matter of definition and metaphysically arbitrary. The artificial concept of no-relation is the Eristic Principle.

The belief that “order is true” and disorder is false or somehow wrong, is the Aneristic Illusion. To say the same of disorder, is the Eristic Illusion.

The point is that (little-t) truth is a matter of definition relative to the grid one is using at the moment, and that (capital-T) Truth, metaphysical reality, is irrelevant to grids entirely. Pick a grid, and through it some chaos appears ordered and some appears disordered. Pick another grid, and the same chaos will appear differently ordered and disordered.

Reality is the original Rorschach. Verily! So much for all that.

Malaclypse the Younger, Principia Discordia, Pages 00049–00050